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Battery Recycling

The materials found in batteries are nonrenewable but can be recycled an indefinite amount of times. 

SUEZ provides a battery recycling service across Australia for the collection of used lead acid batteries (ULAB’s) from vehicles as well as common household batteries.

Facts about Batteries
2-3
litres
of sulphuric acid contained in every car battery

98

%

of a car battery can be recycled


345

million
handheld batteries are consumed each year. Only 4% are recycled.

Battery Recycling
To help keep batteries out of landfill and encourage the public to recycle batteries, SUEZ offers a national battery recycling service for businesses. The different types of both single-use batteries and rechargeable batteries that we collect are listed below.
Definition

What is battery waste?

Batteries contain harmful substances including mercury, cadmium and lead. These chemicals and materials can be dangerous if mixed with other waste streams and cause damage to the environment if placed in landfill.

 

To help keep batteries out of landfill and encourage the public to recycle batteries, SUEZ offers a national battery recycling service for businesses. The different types of both single-use batteries and rechargeable batteries that we collect are listed below.

 

What goes in the battery bin?

 

ACCEPTED

  • Lead Acid (Pb)
  • Nickel Cadmium (NiCad), sealed & vented
  • Lithium Ion – Lithium Ion Polymer
  • Lithium Batteries
  • Alkaline Batteries
  • Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH)
  • Single-use Batteries
  • Rechargeable Batteries
  • Mobile Phones Batteries
  • Household Batteries
  • Medical Specific Batteries (Oxygen Analysers, Fetal Monitor, PH Meters etc)

 

NON-ACCEPTED

  • Plastic, metal & glass
  • Liquids
  • Chemicals
  • Food & Garden organics
  • Products exposed to radiation & chemical hazards

 

Acceptance criteria varies across States and Territories.

Bin and container options

Where to dispose of batteries

Batteries get put in bins or containers with a grey lid or signage.

 

SUEZ provides a variety of options for the safe collection of spent batteries:

 

  • Collection boxes
  • Stillages for larger commercial sites
Process

What happens to batteries

Used Lead Acid Batteries

SUEZ collects commercial quantities of ULABs used in vehicles, generators and other machinery for recycling. Residents and small businesses can drop-off ULABs directly at our Resource Recovery Facilities (link page code 0.3.10 ) located across Australia.

 

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