Never dispose of batteries or objects containing batteries in your bins
Published on 17 December 2020
Batteries are dangerous. They contain toxic substances such as lead, cadmium, mercury, lithium, uranium, manganese, nickel and zinc. They can start fires in bins, collection trucks and recycling facilities.
If batteries reach landfill, they can pollute our environment – leaking contaminants into soil and groundwater.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?
Australian Battery Recycling Initiative recommends:
- Discharge batteries fully before safely disposing
- Always store batteries following the manufacturer’s recommendations
- Dispose of batteries responsibly with a specialised battery recycling service
WHERE CAN YOU SAFELY DISPOSE OF BATTERIES?
You can dispose of your batteries at one of Council's Problem Waste Drop-Off Stations. Many organisations collect batteries for recycling, including some retailers. Click here for more information