There are a wide range of battery types, many of which contain toxic metals such as cadmium, mercury and lead. Others contain valuable materials like magnesium and zinc. Used rechargeable batteries are a hazardous waste and should not be placed in the garbage bin. This includes batteries in laptops, mobile phones, power tools and cameras.
Aldi supermarkets offer a free battery recycling service at all their Australian stores. Any brand of AA, AAA, C, D and 9V batteries (both rechargeable and non-rechargeable) are accepted - simply drop your used batteries into the dedicated bins in store. For other services and for options for different battery types (eg buttons and 12 volts) see below.
Brisbane residents can recycle used power tool batteries though the pilot Power Tool Batteryback program that runs in participating Bunning, Masters and TradeTools stores until June 2016.
If your workplace or business has large quantities of batteries to recycle, visit BusinessRecycling.com.au to find suitable collection or pick up service options.
Council services for Batteries
City of Sydney Council has the following battery recycling programs available to residents.
- Drop off Facility - CBD (One Stop Shop)
- Drop off Facility - Redfern Neighbourhood Service Centre
- Drop off Facility - Glebe Neighbourhood Service Centre
- Drop off Facility - Kings Cross Neighbourhood Service Centre
- Drop off Facility - Surry Hills Library and Community Centre
- Drop off Facility - Customs House Library
- Drop off Facility - Newtown Library
- Drop off Facility - Waterloo Library
- Drop off Facility - Ultimo Library
- Drop off Facility - Haymarket Library
Drop off locations for Batteries
118 drop off businesses match on Batteries within approx 60km of Sydney NSW
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Pick up locations for Batteries
36 pick up businesses match your query on Batteries
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|Business Name||Details||Picks up||Fees||Approved||Provider|
|MRI (Aust) Pty Ltd||Click Business Name for details||Nationally||May apply|
|Toxfree||Click Business Name for details||Nationally||May apply|
|Advanced Environmental Solutions Pty Ltd||bulk quantities only will provide bins for service re...||NSW (Metro Area Only)||May apply|
|Lounge Recyclers||Click Business Name for details||Nationally NSW (Metro Area Only)||May apply|
|ACE Recycling Group Pty Ltd||Click Business Name for details||NSW (Metro Area Only)||May apply|
|Swan Hill Scrap Metal||Delivered to our yard or we can pick up on site||NSW||Free|
|Tip Fast||Pickup service available clients customers and general ...||NSW||May apply|
|Greener Mobile||All done via mail. Post at any Australia Post red box o...||Nationally||Free|
|CMA Ecocycle||Pick up service only for commercial quantities.||NSW||May apply|
|Arcade Repair Services||Pickup available for bulk quantities only, or on a as-q...||NSW (Metro Area Only)||May apply|
|Rubbish Away||Can pick up / remove all types of scrap and rubbish rem...||NSW (Metro Area Only)||May apply|
|TES-AMM Australia Pty Ltd||Pick up of commercial quantities only.||Nationally||May apply|
|Buyequip Pty Ltd||Click Business Name for details||Nationally||May apply|
|PENTAQ Technology Pty Ltd||Click Business Name for details||Nationally||May apply|
|Reverse E-Waste||Commercial - Sydney/Melb/Bris local metro - min 1 palle...||NSW (Metro Area Only)||Free|
|C&D Scrap||Pick up must be pre booked.||NSW||May apply|
|NSW Paper Recyclers||Click Business Name for details||NSW (Metro Area Only)||May apply|
|Seafront Scrapmetal & Machinery Pty Ltd||Pick-up available for large quantities.||Nationally||Free|
|Cleanaway - A Transpacific Business||Please contact Cleanaway on 13 13 39 to enquire about p...||NSW||May apply|
|Computers for Young and Old||Collections are free, Sydney and surrounding areas are ...||NSW (Metro Area Only)||Free|
|Palerang Council||Fortnightly 240L bin Commingled Recycling Collection fr...||NSW (Metro Area Only)||May apply|
|The Scrap Metal Man||All past present and future customers are welcome to bo...||NSW (Metro Area Only)||May apply|
|ANZ Asset Managment||Bookings are essential for Commercial and Office pick-u...||Nationally (Metro Area Only)||May apply|
|Cowboys towing & Scrap Metal||We are the preferred contractor for the southern and ru...||NSW (Metro Area Only)||Free|
|Wagga Scrap Metals||Bulk Quantities only Please ring for further informati...||NSW (Metro Area Only)||Free|
|Eco Metal Recyclers||Details available on request - please contact us for de...||NSW||May apply|
|Young Adults Disabled Association Inc (YADA)||We collect cardboard, plastic and metal amounts of any ...||NSW (Metro Area Only)||Free|
|CashAphone||Click Business Name for details||Nationally||Free|
|REMONDIS Australia Pty Ltd||REMONDIS collects recycling and waste streams in bins r...||Nationally||May apply|
|REMONDIS Australia Pty Ltd||Click Business Name for details||NSW||May apply|
|REMONDIS Australia Pty Ltd||Click Business Name for details||NSW||May apply|
|Mid Coast Rubbish Removal||We operate from Port Macquarie and service the whole mi...||NSW (Metro Area Only)||May apply|
|1800-GOT-JUNK? (Australia) Pty Ltd.||We cover the following suburbs: Artarmon Balmain Cha...||NSW (Metro Area Only)||May apply|
|Eurobodalla Scrap Metal & Towing||Cars are free removal. Any pick up out side Batemans Ba...||NSW (Metro Area Only)||May apply|
|1800-Got-Junk?||Contact 1800-Got-Junk (1800 468 586) for collection.||NSW (Metro Area Only)||May apply|
|ACE RECYCLING GROUP||Pickup can always be arrange from any where, please cal...||NSW||May apply|
Other Battery Recycling Programs
Some waste management companies run nationwide programs that recycle all types of batteries (except motor vehicle batteries). Flat-packed boxes are posted out to your location and full boxes sent back for recycling with an administration fee. To find out more visit Transpacific-Cleanaway or SITA.
Mobile Phone Batteries are accepted in the programs above and with mobile phones and other accessories in the MobileMuster program. See the City of Sydney Council mobile phone recycling page.
Computer Batteries are accepted in the Battery World, Transpacific-Cleanaway and SITA programs above, and with computers and other accessories in various computer recycling or re-use programs. See the City of Sydney Council computer recycling page for further details.
Motor Vehicle Batteries are recycled through a national network of Battery Recycling Centres established by Century Yuasa, and at many garages, transfer stations and waste management centres. See if there is a drop off location or visit the City of Sydney Council motor vehicle battery recycling page for other listings.
How to recycle batteries at work
There are many recycling companies that offer national collection services for commercial quantities of all types of batteries. To find a commercial battery recycling service for your workplace or business, visit BusinessRecycling.com.au
Single-use batteries are usually alkaline batteries with Zinc, Manganese or Lithium chemistry. Rechargeable batteries are commonly Nickel Cadmium, Nickel Metal Hydride or Lithium Ion. Rechargeable batteries are found in the same shapes and voltage as single-use batteries, as well as specifically designed for laptops, mobile phones and electronic equipment.
How to reduce your battery waste
Try to minimise battery usage by connecting appliances to the mains power where possible. Buying rechargeable batteries is an important way to reduce battery waste. Each battery can be recharged up to 1000 times, saving you money and reducing pollution from discarded batteries.
There are many retailers who sell battery rechargers, which conveniently take less than 15 minutes to recharge.
Batteries can be processed to recover plastics and metals, some of which are used to manufacture new batteries.
See Planet Ark's Battery Recycling Factsheet for further information on battery composition and recycling.
The Australian Battery Recycling Initiative (ABRI) is an industry and community working group, established to investigate a coordinated national collection and recycling scheme for batteries.
See the Power Tool Batteryback page for information about a pilot power tool battery recycling program running in Brisbane until June 2016.