GAP Group North East battery recycling poster competition

Encouraging the public to recycle batteries responsibly

In partnership with North Tyneside Council, South Tyne and Wear Waste Management Partnership and GAP Group North East Limited we launched a #PowerToDoMore consumer recycling campaign to encourage the public to recycle batteries responsibly.

Recent campaigns have already seen a huge reduction in the number of batteries disposed of in household waste and recycling bins and the councils want to keep driving this message home.


Batteries are a potential fire hazard if disposed of incorrectly and North Tyneside Council and South Tyne and Wear Waste Management Partnership no longer accept them in their recycling or household waste collections.

Battery disposal points can be found in many local supermarkets and at the Household Waste Recycling Centres – Cowen Road, Middlefields Recycling Village, Campground, Beach Street and Howden.

Visit Valpak’s sister website to find your nearest battery recycling point.

North Tyneside Bin Lorry Battery Poster

All school pupils in South Tyne and Wear and North Tyneside areas were invited to take part in a competition to design a poster highlighting the potential fire hazards of discarded batteries. The winning posters were displayed on GAP waste collection vehicles and the winners, plus their schools, received vouchers as a prize.

Button Cell Batteries

In the local area, yearly battery collection weights have increased by 106% since 2018 and by 76% when comparing 2020 data with 2021 collections to date. This is a fantastic achievement, which demonstrates the success of this and previous awareness campaigns.

We were delighted to get involved in the battery poster competition to promote the safe recycling of batteries. Our lucky winner produced a striking piece of artwork which we were all proud of. Valpak is very supportive of the campaigns we run, and we look forward to working with them further as we continue to deliver our battery initiatives which have already driven down the number of batteries finding their way into household waste and recycling bins.

Sandra Graham, Cabinet Member for the Environment