Recycling Policy

Battery Care & Disposal Information

To the average consumer, a battery is a battery. They do not always know its chemistry, its ability to be recycled or the disposal effects of that battery on the environment.

Batteries come in many shapes and sizes and are made of varying chemistries. The ability to recycle batteries is ultimately dependant on this chemical constitution. Economic viability governs incentive for the sustainable processes of recycling batteries.

Logistical problems of collection, discharging, identification, sorting by chemistry, transportation and labour makes recycling an expensive procedure.

In Australia, except for lead acid type chemistries, all other battery disposal collection for recycling either in Australia or Overseas is done by the following companies.
Our preference is as listed below for our recycling of used batteries.

ecocycle - In recent developments ecocyle have invested in a Multi Million dollar sorting facility in their plant in Campbellfield in Melbourne. This has made an easier process and economical to use Nally bin collections as illustrated here.
5-11 Reo Crescent
Campbellfield VIC 3061
Ph: 1300 32 62 92

https://ecocycle.com.au/battery-waste-recycling-recovery/
Contact: Peter Cage


ENVIROSTREAM
- Envirostream Australia, first on-shore mixed battery recycling company was created in 2017 to develop safe and innovative management solutions for one of the biggest emerging challenges for the Australian waste industry. ISO 14001 accredited, modular processing technology recovers around 95% of the materials contained in a battery.
606 High Street

Kew VIC 3101

Ph:1800 72 72 74

https://envirostream.com.au/

Contact: Andrew Mackenzie

THE IMPORTANCE OF BATTERY CHEMISTRY

Of all the battery chemistries, mercury and cadmium are the most dangerous chemical components to our environment.
Under no circumstances should a battery be exposed to fire or incinerated as this could lead them to explode.
This information is a general guideline on battery disposal. For more detailed information on Australian guidelines for disposal of batteries contact the EPA or your local council or visit www.recyclingnearyou.com.au or http://businessrecycling.com.au/category/electrical-equipment.
We have divided the batteries into their chemistries below and given information as to the current recycling procedures in Australia.

Alkaline

Since the early 1990's nearly all alkaline batteries have been manufactured with "no mercury added".
These batteries are considered non-hazardous waste and are safe for disposal in small quantities only through the normal municipal waste stream.
Recycling of alkaline batteries is a more positive outcome for our environment - see Ecocycle Recycling.

Carbon-Zinc & Zinc-Chloride

These batteries are considered non-hazardous waste and are safe for disposal in small quantities can be done through the normal municipal waste stream however, recycling is a more positive outcome for our environment.
Recycling of carbon zinc batteries alone is still considered too expensive to be a commercial reality.

Zinc-Air

Zinc-Air batteries are considered non-hazardous waste and are safe for individual disposal in small quantities through the normal municipal waste stream, however recycling is a more positive outcome for our environment.
Recycling of zinc-Air batteries is still considered to expensive to be a commercial reality.

Silver Oxide

These batteries contain silver and are considered to be a hazardous waste. Silver oxide batteries are accepted back for recycling by the manufacturers, battery retailers, jewellers & watchmakers.
For more information on recycling silver oxide batteries - see Ecocycle Recycling .

Mercury Oxide

Production of mercuric oxide batteries was ceased in the 1990's due to environmental concerns of mercury contamination. Mercuric oxide batteries are considered toxic waste and are recycled for their mercury content.  These types of batteries should only be recycled and not put into our waste stream.
Mercuric oxide batteries should be accepted back by the manufacturer, battery retailers and equipment manufacturers.
For more information on recycling mercury batteries - see Ecocycle Recycling .

Lithium

Lithium (metal) batteries contain no toxic metals and are therefore considered safe for individual disposal into the municipal waste landfill however recycling is a more positive outcome for our environment. Non-consumers should first fully discharge the battery prior to disposal so the battery takes up all the metallic lithium content. There is a possibility of fire if the metallic lithium is exposed to moisture upon cell corrosion. Most lithium systems contain electrolyte that is toxic and flammable.
For more information on recycling Lithium batteries - see Ecocycle Recycling .

Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Li-Ion batteries do not contain metallic lithium and therefore are not an environmental risk. Disposal in the normal waste stream is considered safe but recycling is a more positive outcome for our environment. These batteries do contain recyclable materials and are accepted for recycling.
For more information on recycling Li-Ion batteries - see Ecocycle Recycling.

Rechargeable Alkaline

These batteries are considered non-hazardous waste and are safe for disposal in the normal municipal waste stream.
Recycling of rechargeable alkaline batteries is still considered too expensive to be a commercial reality. These batteries are sent to landfill in small quantities by usual means or if in large volumes may be recycled - see Ecocycle Recycling.

Sealed Lead Battery (SLA)

Lead acid batteries are fully recyclable and should be accepted back at any location that commonly accepts automotive starter batteries. There are scrap metal merchants or recycling specialists for lead acid like the following companies:

Parramatta Scrap Metal at 150 James Ruse Drive Parramatta NSW (Phone 9630 2974).

ARA (Australian Refined Alloys) Euston Rd Alexandria NSW (Phone 02 8594 1600).

Intercontinental Metals Pty Ltd 106 Bell St Preston VIC (Phone 03 9480 3011)

Kane Scrap Metals 16 Cope St Preston East VIC (Phone 03 9484 4561)

C.D.DODD Scrap Metal  521 Dundas Rd Forrestfield WA 6058 (08 6117 3720)

http://businessrecycling.com.au/recycle/lead-acid

Nickel Cadmium (NiCd)

The toxic cadmium content renders these types of batteries hazardous to the environment. Returning them for recycling to the manufacturer or battery retailer is considered non-careless disposal see http://www.recyclingnearyou.com.au/
The Melbourne based company Ecocycle are specialists in NiCd battery collection and have a network of thousands of collection points around Australia. The Australian Mobile Telephone Association (AMTA) engages recyclers to perform their collection in a similar fashion.
For more information on recycling of NiCd batteries - see Ecocycle Recycling and http://businessrecycling.com.au/recycle/rechargeable.

Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni-MH)

Although Ni-MH batteries are considered environmentally friendly, this type of battery chemistry can be recycled. The Nickel component is semi-toxic and electrolyte in large amounts can be hazardous to the environment. If no disposal service is readily available individual batteries can be discarded with other household waste.
For more information on recycling NiMH batteries - see Ecocycle Recycling , www.recyclingnearyou.com.au/ & http://businessrecycling.com.au/recycle/rechargeable.

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