Residents given power to recycle batteries

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THE POWER to help save the planet is in the hands of Oxford residents after a new battery recycling scheme was launched.

The city has become the final area in the county to offer battery recycling collection alongside household rubbish and recycling collections.

Any household batteries left in a clear plastic bag on top of Oxfordshire recycling bins will be taken away for recycling.

The city council’s recycling officer Emily Martin, pictured right with colleague Maria Warner, said: “The household battery recycling scheme is a great, easy-to-use initiative and we are really pleased with the immediate and positive uptake from residents.

“Batteries can be simply recycled by placing them in a clear bag and putting them on top of the blue or green wheeled bins on collection day.

“Batteries should not be sent to landfill because of the chemicals that can potentially leak into the ground when buried. This can pose a health risk through soil and water pollution.

“Recycling also helps recover metals, reducing the need to need to mine new materials.”

Cherwell’s scheme began last Christmas and so far this year, the authority has collected more than 300,000 batteries.

Picture: OX54085 Damian Halliwell

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7:29am Fri 14 Sep 12

Myron Blatz says...

So residents (and non-owning property tenants?) can recycle dead batteries via Oxford City Council, but at what cost to the environment, how is the reclaiming done, and just how 'safe' is the process for the environment?
So residents (and non-owning property tenants?) can recycle dead batteries via Oxford City Council, but at what cost to the environment, how is the reclaiming done, and just how 'safe' is the process for the environment? Myron Blatz

8:05am Fri 14 Sep 12

SNJ says...

It's good that people are being encouraged to recycle batteries, but it is very easy to do anyway: many shops (e.g. Waitrose in Headington) have a container for them.

I wish that the city council would occasionally collect large recyclable electrical items, as the only way for people without cars to take them to Redbridge would be to use a taxi. Alternatively, an occasional free neighbourhood skip for all areas (not just Barton) would be very helpful.
It's good that people are being encouraged to recycle batteries, but it is very easy to do anyway: many shops (e.g. Waitrose in Headington) have a container for them. I wish that the city council would occasionally collect large recyclable electrical items, as the only way for people without cars to take them to Redbridge would be to use a taxi. Alternatively, an occasional free neighbourhood skip for all areas (not just Barton) would be very helpful. SNJ

1:30pm Fri 14 Sep 12

Andrew:Oxford says...

Myron Blatz wrote:
So residents (and non-owning property tenants?) can recycle dead batteries via Oxford City Council, but at what cost to the environment, how is the reclaiming done, and just how 'safe' is the process for the environment?
I'd guess safer than dropping them in Landfill...

Safer tends to be better.

Either way, it's fantastic. I had large handful of batteries in a box awaiting my next trip to Redbridge.
[quote][p][bold]Myron Blatz[/bold] wrote: So residents (and non-owning property tenants?) can recycle dead batteries via Oxford City Council, but at what cost to the environment, how is the reclaiming done, and just how 'safe' is the process for the environment?[/p][/quote]I'd guess safer than dropping them in Landfill... Safer tends to be better. Either way, it's fantastic. I had large handful of batteries in a box awaiting my next trip to Redbridge. Andrew:Oxford

4:44pm Fri 14 Sep 12

ger elttil OX2 0EJ says...

Andrew:Oxford wrote:
Myron Blatz wrote:
So residents (and non-owning property tenants?) can recycle dead batteries via Oxford City Council, but at what cost to the environment, how is the reclaiming done, and just how 'safe' is the process for the environment?
I'd guess safer than dropping them in Landfill...

Safer tends to be better.

Either way, it's fantastic. I had large handful of batteries in a box awaiting my next trip to Redbridge.
The government should ban disposable Batteries (in the same way as old style lightbulbs) (although that came from Brussels), but make rechargeable batteries and the charger no more expensive than current Duracell batteries. That way we could all be able to afford rechargeable, the cost both in money and to the environment in disposing of current batteries would be negated, and we would all be better off. Could it be the interests of big business who produce disposable batteries come first?
[quote][p][bold]Andrew:Oxford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Myron Blatz[/bold] wrote: So residents (and non-owning property tenants?) can recycle dead batteries via Oxford City Council, but at what cost to the environment, how is the reclaiming done, and just how 'safe' is the process for the environment?[/p][/quote]I'd guess safer than dropping them in Landfill... Safer tends to be better. Either way, it's fantastic. I had large handful of batteries in a box awaiting my next trip to Redbridge.[/p][/quote]The government should ban disposable Batteries (in the same way as old style lightbulbs) (although that came from Brussels), but make rechargeable batteries and the charger no more expensive than current Duracell batteries. That way we could all be able to afford rechargeable, the cost both in money and to the environment in disposing of current batteries would be negated, and we would all be better off. Could it be the interests of big business who produce disposable batteries come first? ger elttil OX2 0EJ

1:03am Sat 15 Sep 12

Myron Blatz says...

Yes, recharge batteries last much longer, but effectiveness reduces over time with each charge and there comes a time when they also get thrown away - even if into a recycling box. So how are batteries recycled, what is reclaimed, and how safe and eco-friendly is that procedure?
Yes, recharge batteries last much longer, but effectiveness reduces over time with each charge and there comes a time when they also get thrown away - even if into a recycling box. So how are batteries recycled, what is reclaimed, and how safe and eco-friendly is that procedure? Myron Blatz

3:41pm Sat 15 Sep 12

Andrew:Oxford says...

Myron Blatz wrote:
Yes, recharge batteries last much longer, but effectiveness reduces over time with each charge and there comes a time when they also get thrown away - even if into a recycling box. So how are batteries recycled, what is reclaimed, and how safe and eco-friendly is that procedure?
Have you tried Google?
[quote][p][bold]Myron Blatz[/bold] wrote: Yes, recharge batteries last much longer, but effectiveness reduces over time with each charge and there comes a time when they also get thrown away - even if into a recycling box. So how are batteries recycled, what is reclaimed, and how safe and eco-friendly is that procedure?[/p][/quote]Have you tried Google? Andrew:Oxford

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