Less than 2% of portable batteries are recycled in the UK, one of the worst rates in Europe with Belgium leading the way with an impressive 59%. Batteries contain various hazardous metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, zinc, manganese and lithium and either burying or burning dead batteries can cause harmful pollution. The Silent Social team take care to ensure that all our batteries are picked up, stored and then recycled safely. We have found the safe disposal of batteries has become much easier with introduction of battery recycling in supermarkets. From February 2010; shops selling more than 32kg of batteries a year (approx 345 packs) have to provide battery recycling collection facilities in-store. This means there are now lots more places where you can take your old batteries for recycling so no more excuses.