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Waste management by substance

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Batteries vary in size and chemical make-up and are either single use (primary) or rechargeable, also known as secondary batteries or accumulators.

We must prevent and recycle the materials which have the greatest impact on our ecological footprint (a way of measuring the impact we have on the environment).

These are:

  • food waste
  • paper and cardboard
  • wood
  • metals
  • plastic.

There are also a number of wastes that are difficult to manage. These include:

  • asbestos
  • plasterboard
  • tyres
  • nappies
  • single-use carrier bags.

There are also a number of wastes that have been indentified by the European Union as requiring specific action, and for which Directives have been agreed. These are:

  • packaging
  • end of life vehicles
  • waste electrical and electronic equipment
  • batteries and accumulators.