In Australia, over two thirds of the 350 million batteries purchased each year are sent to landfill. This makes them the most common form of hazardous waste.
What gets recycled?
The acid found in batteries can be recycled and used to form sodium sulphate, which is used in the manufacture of detergents, glass and textiles.
The nickel from batteries can be recycled and used to produce stainless steel.
Other materials recycled from batteries can be used to produce new batteries, fertilisers, rubbish bins and plant pots.
Battery recycling options
What happens to the batteries?
Batteries are sorted by chemistry type. They are then sent on to the respective recyclers in Australia and overseas.
Australia currently does not have the technology and services required to recycle rechargeable and single use batteries so they will be processed overseas by a company specialising in the recovery of nickel, cadmium, lithium, zinc and other precious resources to strict environmental standards.