Battery and light bulb recycling

Bring your batteries and light bulbs to a library or a council office to be recycled.

Battery recycling

You can recycle your used batteries in the pink collection tubes at the following libraries:

Collection tubes are also located at the following council offices:

  • Fulham North Area Housing Office, Clem Attlee Estate, SW6 7RX
  • Hammersmith North Area Housing Office, New Zealand Way, Zealand Way, W12 7DE

The battery recycling tubes accept:

  • single use batteries – dry cell batteries, button batteries (watch and calculator batteries) and domestic household batteries
  • rechargeable batteries – nickel cadmium (NiCd), nickel metal hydride (NiMH) and lithium batteries.

Sorry, we are unable to accept any lead acid batteries – car and computer back-up batteries, as part of this scheme. Please take these batteries to one of the Reuse and Recycling Centres. Visit the Recycle Western Riverside website for address details and opening times.

Large retailers often collect old batteries at their stores. Look out for collection points at your local supermarket.

Try to reduce your use of batteries by using mains electricity where possible. There is also a good selection of wind-up radios and torches on the market. Use rechargeable batteries wherever possible. Even better, look out for solar battery chargers.

Did you know? Batteries contain hazardous materials such as lead, mercury, cadmium, zinc, manganese and lithium. We throw away around 600 million UK household batteries (22,000 tonnes) – the equivalent weight of 110 jumbo jets every year.

Low-energy light bulb recycling

These need to be recycled as they are classed as hazardous waste. They contain minute quantities of mercury, normally no more than 4mg per bulb and are not dangerous to human health. But in larger quantities they could pose a risk to the environment, so we must recycle them sustainably.

You can recycle your used low-energy light bulbs in collection boxes at:

  • all the libraries listed above
  • Hammersmith North Area Housing Office, New Zealand Way, W12 7DE