When the primary battery in your vehicle reaches the end of its life, you have a number of options to follow:
If the battery is replaced at a garage, they may be happy to take the old battery from you for recycling. Alternatively, you could use your local Civic Amenity Site or Recycling Centre which will accept vehicle batteries from local residents, without charge.
Various businesses, such as garages, licensed authorised treatment facilities (vehicle dismantlers) or scrap yards, metal recycling companies or other waste removal/treatment companies might be happy to accept your battery without charge, in view of the residual value of the scrap metal. You might find the following website helpful to find such a business: (http://www.recycle-more.co.uk/banklocator/banklocator.aspx/)
If you have an electric powered or hybrid vehicle, there are specific obligations for producers/importers of such vehicles that are intended to help you deal with the batteries that power these vehicles when they become waste. From 1st January 2010, businesses that place hybrid/electric vehicle batteries onto the UK market have an obligation to arrange for the treatment and recycling of these batteries. If you have such a battery and need advice, please contact WasteCare Group on 0800 091 0000.
Ford Motor Company are obliged to collect, free of charge and within a reasonable time, waste automotive batteries for treatment and recycling from final holders, e.g. garages, scrap yards, end-of-life vehicle Authorised Treatment Facilities, Civic Amenity Sites, etc. We are required to do this in any calendar year we place new automotive batteries on the market.
If you are one of the above outlets and require us to take back any automotive batteries, please contact our battery compliance scheme on 0844 800 5671 (or firstname.lastname@example.org?quoting reference number 165312) who will agree the necessary arrangements for the collection, proper treatment and recycling of the waste automotive batteries.
Additionally, from 1st January 2010, the disposal of waste industrial and automotive batteries by landfill or by incineration is banned. All battery producers in the UK are required to be registered with the Government as part of an EU-wide initiative to increase battery collection/recycling and completely prohibit the landfill/incineration of automotive and industrial batteries. Our battery producer is Johnson Controls Batteries Ltd (JCI) and their registration number is 982901.