Recycling electricals and batteries

Ocado is aiming to be the UK’s most sustainable and environmentally friendly supermarket. Waste is one of the areas we are concerned about, and in the case of batteries, we are working with ERP UK to take back and recycle used batteries free of charge for recycling for customers within the UK.

Why recycle?

Unwanted electrical equipment is the UK’s fastest growing type of waste.

Many electrical items can be repaired or recycled, saving natural resources and the environment. If you do not recycle electrical equipment will end up in landfill where hazardous substances will leak out and cause soil and water contamination – harming wildlife and also human health.

We’re proud to support your local authority in providing local recycling facilities for electrical equipment.

To remind you that old electrical equipment can be recycled, it is now marked with the crossed-out wheeled bin symbol. Please do not throw any electrical equipment (including those marked with this symbol) in your bin.

What is WEEE?

The Waste Electrical or Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive requires countries to maximise separate collection and environmentally friendly processing of these items.

How are we helping?

In the UK, distributors including retailers must provide a system which allows all customers buying new electrical equipment the opportunity to recycle their old items free of charge. As a responsible retailer, we have met the requirements placed on us by financially supporting the national network of WEEE recycling centres established by local authorities. This is achieved through membership of the national Distributor Take-back scheme (DTS).

To find more information on WEEE recycling and to locate your nearest recycling and to locate your nearest recycling centre please visit the Recycle More website.


Batteries are made from important resources and chemicals, including lead, cadmium, zinc, lithium and mercury. Each battery recycled will be taken apart and many of the materials will be recovered and used to make new batteries or other products. If you put your batteries into a rubbish bin they will be taken to landfill sites and the resources lost and potentially cause pollution as batteries contain hazardous substances such as mercury (Hg), cadmium (Cd) or lead (Pb)

All batteries labelled with the crossed-out wheeled bin below shouldn’t be disposed of as normal waste, but instead at a specific battery recycling points – and we are hoping you will help us make sure batteries are recycled.

wheelie binAll types of battery – disposable and rechargeable – can be recycled, including:

  • AAA and AA cells
  • Sizes C and D
  • Button batteries (e.g. watch or hearing aid batteries)
  • Mobile phone batteries
  • Laptop batteries
  • Powertool batteries

How UK Customers Can Recycle Batteries with ERP UK Ltd and Ocado

Please click here to identify a battery collection point near you that will accept your used batteries free of charge. Please make sure to enter your postcode in the Where can I recycle my batteries? field.

If you want to know more about how batteries are recycled, please see the ERP UK battery website here

You may also contact your local authority for information on a recycling facility in your area that will take your used batteries.