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Help Hertfordshire recycle batteries

PUBLISHED: 08:31 07 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:18 20 February 2013

A get together to welcome new battery recycling volunteers is being held on June 22 at County Hall - but the Hertfordshire Waste Partnership still needs more people to volunteer

A get together to welcome new battery recycling volunteers is being held on June 22 at County Hall - but the Hertfordshire Waste Partnership still needs more people to volunteer to help us reduce the figure of 600 million batteries being thrown away nationally every year.

'Batteries are made from important resources and chemicals, including lead, zinc and lithium, that can be reused if they are recycled,' saysDerrick Ashley, Executive Member for Waste and Chairman of the Hertfordshire Waste Partnership.

'In Britain we only recycle three per cent of the batteries we use - it's such a waste that so many end up in the bin. We have an excellent recycling record in Hertfordshire and with minimal effort we could be leading the way in recycling these valuable materials.'

The Hertfordshire Waste Partnership has signed up to CoBRA (the Community Battery Recycling Alliance), an award winning battery recycling scheme, and special drop-off points for batteries have been introduced in every district in the county.

'The scheme needs volunteers to monitor the new battery collection boxes. Each volunteer will look after one box, emptying it when full at one of the 18 Household Waste Recycling Centres in Hertfordshire, where the batteries will be taken for reprocessing by the European Recycling Platform.

The Hertfordshire Waste Partnership is hosting a welcome event for those who have already offered to become battery recycling volunteers, and others interested in the award winning CoBRA scheme are welcome to attend.

This event will be held on Tuesday June 22 from noon to 2pm at County Hall, Pegs Lane, Hertford, Hertfordshire SG13 8DN. Lunch will be provided.

The event will give you the opportunity to meet other Hertfordshire volunteers, find out more about what being a volunteer entails and be introduced to representatives from CoBRA and the European Recycling Platform.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer and would like to attend the event please contact the Hertfordshire Waste Partnership by June 11 on or 0300 1234 051. If you have already decided that you would like to become a volunteer, you can sign up by contacting CoBRA on 0845 4080337 or by emailing


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