i’m not trash campaign

Kerbside collections – Help Your Residents Recycle Portable Batteries

The European Recycling Platform (ERP), is delighted to announce a multi-country awareness movement that aims to awaken people and companies to the need for recycling waste, saving resources, and protecting the planet.

“I’m Not Trash” campaign is a multi-channel initiative and will take place in different ERP countries (Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, and the UK), sharing the same headline and message until November.

Our aim:
ERP UK supports local authorities and their communities in the collection and recycling of portable household batteries through our successful Kerbside Collections campaign.

Important factors:

  • Once discarded, Batteries become a hazardous waste stream
  • They should not be placed in residual (black bag) waste
  • They `must` be collected separately
  • It is important to remove them from the residual or other recycle waste streams
  • If incorrectly handled, they can cause serious environmental issues or even fires
  • Valuable materials such as steel, cobalt and lithium can be recovered and recycled from batteries
  • The treatment for batteries is a special process for this purpose alone
  • Supports a recycling mindset and engages with residents and local communities
  • This helps engineer a circular economy

Why choose ERP
ERP UK provides a seamless transition of services from any current provider, safeguarding local operations and existing suppliers where possible. We also provide collections of lead acid, automotive and industrial batteries, if required. ERP UK has been registered as a battery’s compliance scheme since the introduction of the Battery Regulations in 2010. We have recycled over 10,000 tonnes of batteries across the UK.

ERP have a national network of over 20,000 collection points – local authority sites, schools, offices, shops, and other retail outlets – which continues to grow. We work with more than 50 local authority partners across the UK, collecting batteries (and electronic waste) from over 400 HWRCs, and manage over 50,000 collection requests each year. We manage a national network of approved and authorised suppliers to the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards. Our service level is contractually guaranteed and fully compliant with current legislation requirements.

Did you know?
ERP UK provides the following portable battery services to local authorities:

  • Free collection containers
  • Collection and treatment from your recycling centres and depots
  • Support for Council “Kerbside” collections
  • Free collections from your offices, libraries, leisure centres, museums, and other public buildings
  • Free collection of domestic batteries from schools, with supporting educational resources for
    teachers explaining battery recycling to pupils
  • Support for battery recycling competitions at schools
  • In-house Marketing support
  • Site diagnostics, staff training and communication toolkits
  • Comprehensive and timely waste reporting

To find out more:
Please contact us for a free consultation.
Tel: +44 (0)20 3142 6452 or 07966 696 818

How to join the global movement

Waste is a resource and every single citizen and company can play a crucial role in the waste management process

During the waste management process, there are different steps where all players have a role in guaranteeing the final result and the implementation of circular economy solutions and waste management procedures.

ERP, as a Producer Compliance Scheme operate in many countries, is calling industry and society’s attention to underline the need for recycling, starting with the correct disposal of recyclable waste in the right bins, allowing the takeback, treatment and recycling operations.

Every company that first places a product subject to Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) requirements onto the market is considered a producer and ERP helps to comply with regulations for recycling batteries, waste electronics (WEEE), and packaging.

Waste streams


Batteries or accumulators are any sources of electrical energy generated by direct conversion of chemical energy and consisting of one or more primary battery cells (non-rechargeable) or consisting of one or more secondary battery cells (rechargeable).

Most types of batteries contain toxic heavy metals, including nickel, cadmium, and mercury. All of these metals can be recovered and reused.

Recycling batteries is good for the environment as it keeps them out of landfill, where heavy metals may leak into the ground, causing soil and water pollution and endangering animal and plant life. If batteries are incinerated with household waste, the heavy metals inside them cause air pollution.

Video about batteries recycling