Battery Drop Off and Recycling

Cleanaway works with industry partners, government and local councils to collect and recycle used batteries so that they are not sent to landfill, ensuring safe disposal.

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Why recycle batteries?

80% of the batteries used by Australians are single use batteries. Although recyclable, 97% of them or 8,000 tonnes end up in landfill each year. Batteries can be a health hazard if not handled carefully as they contain toxic substances such as cadmium, mercury and lead. Due to their flammable, corrosive and toxic nature, batteries should not be disposed of in your kerbside or recycling bins. Instead, used batteries should be dropped off at authorized battery recycling collection points.

  • Lead acid batteries
    Typically used to power cars and boats, lead acid batteries contain lead, lead compounds and sulfuric acid which are classified as hazardous waste under the Hazardous Waste Act 1989. If sent to landfill, these substances will endanger humans and the environment. 98% of lead acid batteries can be recovered and made into new products, making them valuable e-waste to be recycled.
  • Single use batteries
    These are commonly known as household batteries and are used to power toys, clocks, smoke alarms and remote controls. Single use batteries contain carbon zinc, manganese, lithium and mercury – if exposed to moisture, they can erode and cause fire hazards as well as mercury contamination if sent to landfill. If recycled, mercury and other materials such as zinc and silver can be recovered and made into new products.
  • Rechargeable batteries
    Rechargeable batteries are often found in mobile phones, shavers, cameras and other electronics. Though common, these batteries contain metals such as cadmium which can contaminate the soil and surrounding areas if sent to landfill.

Check with your local council or waste management partner to find your nearest old battery collection and disposal points.

What happens to your old batteries?

Household batteries can be recycled at no cost by dropping them off at:

Participating Officeworks stores
Recycling centres
Transfer stations
Council/community-run drop off sites

Key customers

Automotive businesses and workshops

We can collect and help you recycle batteries safely.

Commercial enterprises with large IT requirements

Close the loop on e-waste with our e-waste management solutions.

Why choose Cleanaway

Truly sustainable solutions

We are strongly committed to helping you increase your sustainability rates with a solution that works for you.

Trusted partner

We ensure secure storage and transportation of your electronic devices, preventing data breaches from collection to disposal or destruction of your business e-waste.

EPA-approved facilities

Our EPA-approved recycling facilities are ready to accommodate your e-waste collection and recycling needs.

End-to-end local recycling solutions

From secure collection to recycling and resource recovery, you can trust our service is safe, ethical and sustainable.

More solutions for E-waste Recycling

Cleanaway offers electronics waste collection solutions that are compliant with local regulations.
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We are in every major city and region in Australia. Chances are you will find us not too far away from where you are. We’re in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth, as well as Karratha, Rockhampton, Newcastle, Geelong, Port Augusta, Albury, and more.