Portable batteries are often disposed of by users, both domestic and commercial, in their residual waste and recycling bins. As, we know this practice can lead to the outbreak of fires (as referred to by Ashley Wild in his article on 26 Oct) causing costly damage.
Recycling batteries correctly also prevents them from going to landfill with potential subsequent leaching of hazardous sumbstances into the ground. Only a small percentage of portable batteries are dangerous if they are not handled correctly, of them lithium ion batteries if damaged by either friction, heat or water can combust, which creates a fire risk.
So, encouraging the correct disposal of batteries ican be very important for local authorities. Valpak are offering a solution for local authorities, and the information is available here.