Sainsbury’s launches free battery/mobile phone/printer cartridge recycling service. Sainsbury’s will be the first retailer in the UK to offer customers a Freepost battery recycling service. This is going to be the only scheme of its kind and is expected to save 2,500 tonnes of batteries going to landfill every year.
From November, Freepost envelopes have been available in stores nationwide to allow customers to send off their old batteries, as well as mobile phones and inkjet printer cartridges, all of which will be re-used or recycled.
This scheme is part of the supermarket’s four-pronged attack to help customers cut down on their household waste. The battery recycling service follows the recent launch of Sainsbury’s recycled orange carrier bag and compostable packaging saving 10,050 tonnes of plastic every year. Earlier in the year, Sainsbury’s also launched state of the art recycling banks at its stores to allow customers to recycle a greater amount of items.
While the average household uses 21 batteries a year, which is 25,000 tonnes of batteries annually, equivalent to 150 Jumbo jets, the UK only recycles 1,000 tonnes of batteries every year. This new scheme is expected to increase this number significantly. They are doing this with the firm Wrap, who are very involved with materials recycling.
Haven’t noticed this service down at my local Sainsburys. Will be looking out for it next time I drag myself down there. 🙂