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  • 19,000 tonnes of general purpose batteries disposed of in UK per year
  • Batteries include valuable but dangerous materials including cadmium, lead, nickel cadmium and mercury
  • The energy required in manufacturing a battery can be 50 times more than the power it gives out


  • Use solar or wind up appliances
  • Use mains electricity
  • Do something that doesn't need batteries


  • Use rechargeable batteries and consider buying chargers as a present
  • Conventional batteries should be used in smoke detectors


  • You can recycle batteries at most supermarkets, they will have a designated recycling bin.

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