Recycling

OUR PROMISE

Upergy Ltd values their customers and the environment. As an organisation, we are obliged to provide a recycling service for the goods we produce and distribute. However, we go further than this basic requirement by offering customer site collections and battery recycling bins. We offer easy ways for customers to get their batteries recycled, we contribute to the Recycle-More scheme and are involved with Valpak for the collection of batteries for bigger businesses. We care about the environment and understand that there is still a long way to go to make it greener, which is why we are committed to increasing the number of batteries that are recycled each year. This document outlines the procedure of recycling your batteries.

WHY RECYCLE

Some portable batteries contain chemicals such as lead, mercury or cadmium. If batteries are thrown into a normal bin, they are likely to end up in landfill. Once buried, the batteries start to break down, and can leak some of these chemicals into the ground. This can cause soil and water pollution, which may be a health risk for humans and wildlife.

WAYS TO RECYCLE

There are 3 ways to recycle your batteries:

  1. Collection points: You can deposit of your batteries at different collection points throughout the UK- You can find these on the Recycle more website to find battery collection points, on the drop down menu choose either; Domestic batteries or Car batteries.

Or for bigger businesses with higher quantities of batteries to recycle, Valpak supply two types of recycling boxes:

  1. Battery box that holds approximately 15Kg. Suitable for organizations with multiple sites and designed to sit in your reception area and other visible areas.
  2. Pallet box that holds approximately 1000Kg. Designed to sit in your warehouse or other suitably large areas.   

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TYPES OF BATTERIES ACCEPTED

Batteries accepted are listed on the side of the recycling box. Below is information in more detail.

Domestic Batteries

The batteries listed below in the table are all accepted in the recycling 15Kg box.

BATTERY TYPE DESCRIPTION FORMATS COMMON USES
Alkaline & Carbon zinc batteries Small dry-cell batteries, sealed, non-rechargeable, Carbon Zinc batteries are labelled general purpose or heavy duty. AA,AAA, D-cell, C-cell, 9-volt, button cells. Camera, toys, watches, handheld electronics.
Lithium (primary) Batteries Small dry-cell batteries, sealed, non-rechargeable. Button cells, AA, AAA, 9-volt, small-cyclinder, custom sizes. Watches, camera, hand held electronics, tyre pressure sensors, alarms, memory backup, remote car locks, pacemakers, high temp applications.
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) batteries Small dry-cell batteries, sealed, rechargeable Custom sizes in hard plastic case, small-cylinder, button cells. Mobile phones, laptops, power tools, video cameras, hand held electronics.

Batteries with connecting wires NEED to be seperated from other batteries, and will be treated differently. For more information, contact us on recycling@upergy.com

Industrial batteries

Industrial batteries need to be treated separately. We can still collect these, as long as they are stored in a separate box. Lead is removed from batteries and then weighed.

Some Professional Application batteries (AA) could be used in a consumer application, so these would be classed as domestic batteries.

Lead Acid Batteries

Lead acid batteries also need to be treated separately. Again, we can still collect these, as long as they are stored in a separate box.

Lead based car batteries, VRLA batteries and Motorcycle batteries are recycled separately.

(Lead acid batteries should not be mixed with any other type of batteries).

HOW MUCH CAN I RECYCLE?

Boxes can either be collected one at a time or several at a time, we just ask for them to be close to full when collecting them.

BIN AND PALLET REQUEST –

Request of a Cardboard box:

If you do not have an account with us, you can order boxes through our website.

However, if you have an account with us, you can request a box by contacting your Account manager directly via email or telephone.  

Request of a pallet box:

To request a pallet box, you will need to email recycling@upergy.com directly, stating your name, company name, contact details and a delivery address of where you wish to have the pallet sent to.  The cost of the bin is £100 per year, with collections of full pallets free of charge.

COLLECTION REQUEST  

Collection of a cardboard box:

Please follow the instructions on the back of your box, and contact Valpak directly- 03450682572

Collection of a pallet box:

Once your bin is nearly full, you can make a collection request by emailing: recycling@upergy.com

Your email should include the following:

  • How many pallets to be collected and the size and weight
  • The chemistry type of batteries to be collected
  • If you have a forklift truck on site
  • The site’s contact name, email address, and phone number and any necessary details  i.e. access codes or parking restrictions
  • Company name, address and post code of collection site
  • A photo of the batters and the container

We recommend doing this before your pallet(s) is/are full as collection can take up to 7-10 working days after your request. A replacement container will be delivered at the same time as collection.

STORAGE GUIDANCE

It may be useful to have the pallets in your stores/delivery area if applicable as it facilitates collections, especially if you do not have appropriate lifting devices.

Useful information:

  • Batteries should be placed carefully and not thrown into the boxes/pallets
  • Keep lead acid batteries separate from other types of batteries
  • Mixed waste portable batteries can contain up to 5% (by weight) of lithium
  • Batteries should be stored in a dry place and covered away from heat sources and liquids

Battery Producer Registration Number: BPRN00649