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15th November 2007

New portable waste battery collection scheme launched to UK businesses


The UK business community is being encouraged to engage in the latest initiative to promote waste battery recycling.

The BattBox has been designed by the UK’s leading waste battery collector, G & P Batteries, to encourage people to recycle portable waste batteries produced in the workplace.  Supported by WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) the BattBox was unveiled at a launch event in Birmingham on Thursday 15th November 2007.  WRAP will be monitoring the initiative in the East and West Midlands, although G & P Batteries will be offering the service nationwide via a dedicated website,

G & P Battbox for businesses
G & P Battbox for businesses

The BattBox is a pre-paid collection service for portable waste batteries that arise in the workplace, including those used in mobile/cordless phones, laptop computers and wireless keyboards.  For a one-off fee of £25 (plus VAT), companies will receive a BattBox designed to sit neatly on a desk or shelf in a location that is easily accessible to all staff.  Once full, the company simply calls the collection service and the BattBox will be removed by G & P.

Both G & P Batteries and WRAP are hopeful that this business-orientated scheme will help increase the quantities of portable waste batteries being recycled in the UK, which is currently well behind other European countries.   Whilst the UK has a good track record in recycling more than 90% of lead acid batteries, used primarily in automotive and industrial applications, only 3% of portable waste batteries are currently being recycled.  To meet EU targets, this needs to increase to 25% by 2012 and 45% by 2016.

“One of the major issues facing the UK is a lack of awareness of the need to recycle portable waste batteries,” said Michael Green, Managing Director of G & P Batteries.  “We have recently conducted some research into attitudes towards battery recycling and it is apparent that there is a widespread lack of awareness surrounding the many issues concerning batteries.  This new initiative provides a cost-effective waste battery recycling service available to all UK businesses, which hopefully will not only help increase the volume of batteries recycled, but also help make people more aware that recycling waste batteries can be achieved quite easily.”

Chris Davey (left) and Michael Green with the Battbox
Chris Davey (left) and Michael Green with the Battbox

WRAP has made great progress with a number of trial kerbside, retailer take-back and postal recycling initiatives which encourage people to ‘Do the positive thing; recycle your batteries’ producing positive results. However, Chris Davey, Batteries Programme Manager, believes that a large proportion of waste batteries are still slipping through the recycling net. “We believe that many of these ‘missing’ batteries are being used by the business community and so we welcome G & P’s initiative in launching a collection service dedicated purely to business.  It is another positive step to help the UK meet its targets,” he said.

G & P Batteries’ Commercial Director Greg Clementson, explained how the BattBox service works:  “Companies pay a one-off fee of £25 plus VAT up front to have their BattBox delivered.  When it is full, they simply call the number on the box and we will arrange for it to be collected with no further charges. Behind the scenes we are providing sophisticated logistics, sorting and recycling service which guarantees compliance with all current legislation. At the end of its life, even the BattBox itself will be recycled, often finding its way back into battery industry as casing for automotive batteries.”




Notes to Editors:

About the battery recycling trials

  1. WRAP is operating trials of kerbside collection in 13 local authority areas across the UK; retail take-back schemes in Swansea, Perth & Kinross and Eastleigh in Hampshire; community drop-off schemes in Camden, Cherwell and Falkirk and postal collections in parts of Cumbria and Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.
  2. Results from the different battery recycling trials will help identify the most effective collection strategy, to enable the UK to meet the Batteries Directive, which requires the collection of 25% of all household batteries by 2012.

About WRAP

  1. WRAP works in partnership to encourage and enable businesses and consumers to be more efficient in their use of materials and recycle more things more often. This helps to minimise landfill, reduce carbon emissions and improve our environment.
  2. Established as a not-for-profit company in 2000, WRAP is backed by Government funding from Defra and the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  3. Working in seven key areas (Construction, Retail, Manufacturing, Organics, Business Growth, Behavioural Change, and Local Authority Support), WRAP’s work focuses on market development and support to drive forward recycling and materials resource efficiency within these sectors, as well as wider communications and awareness activities including the multi-media national Recycle Now campaign for England.
  4. More information on all of WRAP’s programmes can be found at