Batteries

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Batteries      

The facts

The cadmium in nickel cadmium rechargeable batteries (NiCads) is a highly toxic heavy metal. Car batteries also contain lead and highly corrosive acid. photo of pile of batteries

Nickel metal hydride rechargeable batteries (NiMHs) don't contain toxic materials and can therefore be disposed of with your household waste.

Using rechargeable batteries will mean fewer batteries going to landfill.

When you're transporting a battery, handle it very carefully and ensure the acid doesn't leak out.

In no instance should you burn batteries. This releases dangerous fumes and can cause an explosion.

Household or dry-cell batteries are those batteries that we use in everyday items such as radios, cameras, and children's toys. It is estimated that on average, each person will use 18 batteries a year and a household with children will use an astounding 109 batteries each year.

 

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Kiama Council has implemented a battery collection and recycling program by providing specially marked bins at the Community Recycling Centre and in the Kiama Library.photo of purple bin for batter recycling

By separating your batteries from ordinary household rubbish, these valuable resources can be recycled into a range of new products, such as street lights and car parts, rather than go to waste.

The vibrant battery recycling bins are designed with a slot in the top to allow batteries to be easily and safely deposited.

The types of batteries accepted include:

  • AA and AAA cells (single use & rechargeable batteries)
  • C and D sized batteries
  • button batteries (e.g. from watches)
  • 9V batteries
  • 6V batteries (e.g. lantern/torch batteries).

Aldi stores also have a free battery recycling program and accept all the battery types listed above except button batteries.

Note:

  • please place any broken, leaking or rusting batteries into a plastic bag before placing them into the battery bin.
  • store batteries in a cool, dry, shaded, well-ventilated area.
  • car batteries will not be accepted. If you have car batteries for disposal you can drop them off at the Minnamurra Waste and Recycling Facility free of charge.

 

What else can I do to help? Reduce, reuse, recycle

  • check to see if you already have batteries on hand before purchasing more
  • when appropriate, buy hand operated items that function without batteries
  • look for batteries that have less mercury and other heavy metals
  • consider using rechargeable batteries (also known as secondary batteries) and battery chargers (only for rechargeable batteries).

 

Why shouldn't I put batteries in my household rubbish bins?

When dry-cell batteries (alkaline or single-use batteries) are landfilled, their casings disintegrate and metals and chemicals used within the battery can leach into the surrounding environment. Battery recycling programs offer a safe disposal method to capture dry-cell batteries from the household waste stream, ensuring disposal does not damage our sensitive environment.

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Rechargeable batteries

Rechargeable batteries (also known as secondary batteries) can also go into the battery recycling bins. The rechargeables will be separated from the alkaline (also known as single use) batteries, and sent either to France or Singapore for recycling. Australia does not currently have a facility for recycling rechargeable batteries.

photo of a car batteryLead acid batteries (eg car batteries)

Lead acid batteries (also known as wet cell batteries) cannot be disposed of in the battery recycling bins. Take them to the Community Recycling Centre at Minnamurra Waste and Recycling Facility for free disposal.