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Battery collection

Household battery collection service

We collect household batteries from the kerbside on your general waste collection week.

You can check when your general waste collection week is.

Don’t throw away batteries in your bin or reusable sack as these can be a fire and explosion risk.

Take them to one of the many drop off points at supermarkets, shops across the Island, or use the household battery kerbside collection service.

The kerbside service is simple to use:

  • place your used/spent household batteries safely and separately in their own clear sandwich sized bag
  • leave the clear bag containing the batteries on top (not inside) of your general waste (black bins or black reusable sacks) on your general waste collection week
  • all the batteries collected by the crews are placed in a special box fitted to the collection vehicles and sent for sorting and processing
  • metals and chemicals are removed and used to make new batteries and other products.

Batteries thrown into ordinary bins, household waste or with other recycling are dangerous.

What batteries can I recycle with the kerbside service

You can recycle small batteries of all shapes via the scheme. These typically include AA, AAA, of any size, small round (watch type batteries) and square batteries, and old rechargeable household batteries.

Batteries must always be removed from electrical items before being collected.

We collect the following battery types at the kerbside:

  • A
  • AA
  • AAA
  • AAAA
  • B
  • SC
  • C
  • D
  • 9 volt
  • CR, CR123, CR2 type (button cell found in watches/toys)
  • hearing aid batteries.

The following battery items should be taken to your nearest recycling centre: 

  • Any damaged battery which is split, rusty, leaking, or fuzzing
  • NiMh and NiCD
  • Large batteries such as laptop, phone or power tool batteries
  • Car batteries
  • Industrial batteries
  • WEEE appliance batteries such as hoover, strimmer, and lawn mowers
  • Wheelchair or golf buggy batteries
  • Items where the batteries cannot be removed (children’s toys, for example).

Some of the information on this page links back to our council website (

Contact information

Waste and Environment

Recycling & Waste Services
County Hall
High Street
Isle of Wight
PO30 1UD

Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5.00pm
Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm