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A UK-first, carbon-free battery collection service implemented by environmental specialist Valpak Ltd, in partnership with logistics company Zedify and battery recycler Ecobat Logistics, won the Partnership Excellence award at January’s National Recycling Awards.

Under the scheme, cycle couriers collect used household batteries from workplaces in Cambridge and London at the same time as dropping off parcels, providing a carbon-free alternative to Valpak’s existing battery collection service, which has been running since 2009.

Following the success of the scheme in London and Cambridge, which to date has collected more than 348,700 used batteries (weighing 6.97 tonnes), Valpak is hoping to extend it to other areas of its national collection network.Until then, businesses can order battery collection boxes from Valpak for free collection in the normal way at

Around 40,000 tonnes of portable batteries are sold in the UK each year, of which only 8,000 tonnes are recycled (2018 figure).

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