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After a poll showed more than half of consumers do not recycle batteries, instead disposing of them by putting them in the rubbish bin, major UK retailers have stepped up.

Asda, B&Q, Currys PC World, Marks & Spencer and Morrisons are all involved in supporting the campaign drive to educate and encourage people to recycle household batteries. Actions taken by these retailers include making it easier for consumers to recycle batteries. The hope, or aim, is to help re-direct the millions of batteries that end up in landfill every year.

As reported in the Guardian, “The toxic contents mean that they can be hazardous to the environment if not disposed of properly, yet half of respondents (52%) admitted throwing batteries away in the regular waste bin. This results in millions every year ending up in landfill, with the potential to leach into the ground and water supplies if not carefully managed”.

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