My wife taught in a Southwark school until recently. One of their projects concerned the recycling of plastic bottles & she discovered that Lewisham *does* have recycling sites. *However* you must claim to be a Lewisham resident to use them... she arrived with a couple of Southwark binbags & was turned away. She returned the next day, prepared to lie, but I had meantime muddied the water & the bloke in charged pretended not to notice her...
You send your used batteries to the Netherlands for recycling. How do you do this? By post? The energy & effort used (and therefore the ecological cost to the planet) in getting your dud batteries to the Netherlands is in excess of the ecological benefit to the planet from recycling them. They're bound to be flown there.
Quite apart from the cost to you. Stop it, and put them in the bin next time.
I dare say this will provoke a tirade of responses saying that whatever it costs to 'save' the planet it is worth it. Not when it costs more than it saves it's not.
I hear you MM, but there must be some benefit to at least having certain waste products (such as batteries, but not limited to...) broken down, rather then put into the ground willy-nilly.
I think you are right hower with regards to the use of other energies in order to break down waste. But we have to start somewhere... renewable energy is also too expensive to harvest, but does this mean we should give up on it now ?
Yes, we should give up pretending that it is a practical, ecological solution. POssibly some day it will be possible to generate electricity economically (and by that I include ecologically economically) from solar power in the UK. Until that time, the Government should not be encouraging the general public to waste its money and energy resources into installing equipment that is not of benefit to the world.
I usually bring the batteries to The Netherlands when I go there myself-- or give them to someone who goes there.
I so agree with Jai that the cost of not recycling can be greater than the monetary or even the energy cost. Recycling is a matter of mentality and habit. If only we recycled more in the UK, it would contribute significantly to ecological wellbeing of our planet.
My sending batteries to The Netherlands is a statement: I am putting effort in something that is taken for granted and I would recommend the UK to take up a new habit. Taking up new habits always asks investments, whether that is in terms of money,energy or perseverance.
The benefit is already that we discuss it here--it's got to start somewhere....