Why you should help to Bring Back Heavy Metal
Are you a battery hoarder? Recent research has found that there are a whopping 178 million used batteries hidden in homes across the UK. Open your cupboards, check your drawers and look inside your disused tech – we bet you’ll soon build up quite a collection!
Household batteries contain heavy metals like lead, mercury, cadmium and zinc, all of which can be recycled and turned into something useful. Still, in the UK, 600 million batteries are thrown out each year, adding 20,000 tonnes to landfill sites and damaging the environment. We all have a part to play in protecting our planet, so it’s time we all helped to Bring Back Heavy Metal!
What’s it all about?
The #BringBackHeavyMetal campaign is encouraging people to dig out their used batteries and drop them off at their nearest recycling point. Most supermarkets and DIY stores have a collection point, and you might find one in your local corner shop too.
As well as feeling great about doing your bit for the environment, recycling your batteries could win you some great prizes. All you need to do is share a picture with the #BringBackHeavyMetal hashtag and you’ll be entered into a prize draw to win a pair of tickets to the School of Rock musical, or one of 100 GP rechargeable battery kits.
GP Batteries is proudly backing the Bring Back Heavy Metal campaign, created by Ecosurety and Hubbub, and believe it will raise much-needed awareness of the benefits of recycling batteries, as well as the consequences of sending them to landfills.
Earlier this year, it was revealed that UK battery recycling sector fell short of its 45% recycling target in 2016, with a collection rate of 39.24%. We hope the campaign will help the UK to meet its target for this year, and possibly exceed it!
If you need to stock up on new batteries after recycling your old ones, go green and buy reusables! Because rechargeable batteries can be powered up over and over again, they contribute less to landfills and lead to lower demand for single-use batteries. According to One Green Planet, reusable batteries consume up to 23 times less non-renewable resources than disposable batteries.
Make the switch to reusable batteries and you’ll help to conserve resources and protect our planet at the same time. And seeing as reusables can be charged hundreds – sometimes thousands – of times, you can expect to save a lot of cash in the long run.