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Members of the public should not place waste batteries in waste disposal or recycling bins. All waste batteries must be collected & recycled by depositing them at retail outlets or local authority recycling facilities.
LOOK OUT FOR THE BLUE BATTERY RECYCLING BOX AT YOUR LOCAL STORE.
Waste Battery Regulations
From the 26th September 2008, final users of waste batteries are entitled to return them free of charge, either to retail outlets selling equivalent batteries, or other authorised collection points, including local authority recycling centres.
No purchase is required in order to return waste batteries. Any retailer that sells batteries must accept waste batteries from members of the public at the premises on a like for like basis free of charge. All shops selling batteries must have containers to take back the batteries and signage telling the public at the points of sale. No purchase is needed for a member of the public to bring in waste batteries to a shop.
click http://www.environ.ie/en/Environment/Waste/ProducerResponsibilityObligations/Batteries/ or contact Galway County Council at 091-476402 or email@example.com. for further information.