Waste Management Battery Regulations have been introduced to promote the recovery of batteries and accumulators. Users of waste batteries are entitled to return them free of charge, either to retail outlets selling equivalent batteries, or other authorised collection points, including local authority civic amenity sites.
No purchase is required in order to return waste batteries to a shop. Any retailer that sells batteries must accept waste batteries from members of the public at the premises on a like for like basis free of charge. All shops selling batteries must have containers to take back the batteries and signage telling the public at the points of sale.