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Battery recycling

If you dispose of used batteries or electrical items containing batteries in your household waste or recycling bins, they can be damaged during waste collection and processing.

Damaged batteries can leak toxic materials and can become very hot and spark, setting fire to any combustible materials around them. This is particularly hazardous in waste facilities or in collection vehicles, where they can cause large fires and present a real danger to life.

Please choose to recycle your batteries responsibly, and use rechargeable batteries wherever possible. 

You can recycle 6V, D, C, AA, AAA, 9V and button batteries at the sites listed below. Larger battery types can be taken to our household waste and recycling centres.

As well as the buildings listed below, many retailers and supermarkets have battery recycling points.

Anywhere that sells batteries has a legal duty to take back old batteries from customers for recycling.

Bensham Grove Community CentreSidney GroveBenshamNE8 2XD
Bill Quay Community ChurchStation RoadBill QuayNE10 0UH
Birtley Community CentreRavensworth RoadBirtleyDH3 1EN
Birtley LibraryDurham RoadBirtleyDH3 1LE
Blackhall Community CentreRiver ViewBlackhall MillNE17 7QT
Blaydon LibraryThe PrecinctBlaydonNE21 5BT
Central Gateshead Medical CentrePrince Consort RoadGatesheadNE8 1NB
Changing LivesMarquis CourtTeam ValleyNE11 0RU
Chopwell LibraryDerwent StreetChopwellNE17 7HS
Christchurch ChurchCarlisle StreetFellingNE10 0HQ
Citizens Advice GatesheadSwan StreetGatesheadNE8 1BG
Crawcrook LibraryMain StreetRytonNE40 4NB
Dunston Community CentreRailway StreetDunstonNE11 9EB
Dunston LibraryEllison RoadDunstonNE11 9SS
Edberts HouseSt Edmunds DriveFellingNE10 9AE
Emmaus Charity ShopDurham RoadLow FellNE21 6RU
Emmaville HallMain StreetCrawcrookNE40 3TR
Felling LibraryHigh StreetFellingNE10 9LT
Gateshead Civic CentreRegent StreetTown CentreNE8 1HH
Gateshead LibraryPrince Consort RoadBenshamNE8 4LN
Greenside Community CentreGreenside RoadGreensideNE40 4AA
Hertfordshire HouseRothbury AvenuePelawNE10 0QY
Kibblesworth Millennium CentreGrange TerraceKibblesworthNE11 0XN
Land of Oak and IronSpa Well RoadRowlands GillNE21 6RU
Leam Lane LibraryCotemedeLeam LaneNE10 8QH
Lobley Hill Community CentreScafell GardensLobley HillNE11 9LS
Low Fell LibraryDurham RoadLow FellNE9 6HT
Lyndhurst Bowls ClubDurham RoadLow FellNE9 6AR
NECSSwan StreetGatesheadNE8 1BG
Pattinson HousePattinson GardensFellingNE10 0AL
Pelaw LibraryJoicey StreetPelawNE10 0QS
Rowlands Gill LibraryNorman RoadRowlands GillNE39 1JT
Salvation Army Community ChurchSunderland RoadGatesheadNE8 3EY
Sheriff Hill Methodist ChurchSheriffs HighwayDeckhamNE9 5UE
St Mary's ChurchHigh Heworth LaneHeworthNE10 0PB
St Mary's Heritage CentreOakwellgateTown CentreNE8 2AU
Trinity Square Health CentreWest StreetTown CentreNE8 1DP
Whickham LibrarySt Mary's Green WhickhamNE16 4DN
Whitehills Community CentreWhitehillsFellingNE10 8NF
Windy Nook Methodist ChurchStone StreetWindy NookNE10 9RY
Winlaton Community CentreNorth StreetWinlatonNE21 6PY
Winlaton LibraryChurch StreetWinlatonNE21 6AR
Wrekenton LibraryOld Durham RoadWrekentonNE9 7JR

Small electrical items or items containing batteries

These can be recycled at our Household waste and recycling centres

Some shops will also take your old electrical items containing batteries. To find your nearest location visit Recycle Now, select 'Batteries' from the available list, and enter your postcode.