Household batteries are considered to be hazardous waste and require specialist handling, so they shouldn’t be placed in your black bags or mixed recycling containers. Doing this can damage the batteries which may lead to fires in collection vehicles and at waste facilities that might endanger lives, damage equipment and cause delays to key services. Around 250 fires each year at waste facilities are thought to have been caused by batteries.
Residents of the London Borough of Havering can place batteries and small electrical items in separate bags on collection day.
You can take batteries to your local Reuse and Recycling Centre or to a number of other locations such as shops and libraries to be safely recycled. Please use this locator to find your nearest battery recycling collection point.
Other hazardous items
Certain other hazardous types of waste can be taken to your local Reuse and Recycling Centre or be collected from your property by the City of London Hazardous Waste Service which is free of charge to residents of most London boroughs.
Empty gas bottles can be taken to your local Reuse and Recycling Centre or they can be taken back to the company that supplied them.
Household asbestos can be taken to the Frizlands Lane, Gerpins Lane and Jenkins Lane RRCs. The Chigwell Road RRC does not accept asbestos. Please make an appointment before you bring asbestos to an RRC by calling 0800 389 9918.
You can also arrange for a free collection by the City of London Hazardous Waste Service.
Household fluorescent tubes can be taken to your local Reuse and Recycling Centre.
Certain chemicals can be collected by the City of London Hazardous Waste Service. Please refer to the City of London’s list of accepted items for more information.