Battery Disposal

Sending batteries to landfill is a huge waste of beneficial resources.

When disposed of correctly, around 95% of alkaline and lithium battery components can be recycled in Australia and can be made into new products such as streetlights and car parts!

In Australia, about 350 million batteries are purchased every year. More than two thirds of them end up in landfill, where they can cause health and environmental problems.

Councils and waste contractors have seen a significant rise in the number of truck and rubbish fires caused by batteries, which if damaged are explosive and cause fires that are difficult to put out.

Heavy metals in batteries include cadmium, nickel, lead, and mercury, are all toxic and dangerous to human, animal and environmental health if not managed properly.

The environment is damaged by batteries in landfill because once their casings disintegrate, metals and chemicals inside the battery leach out.


How Can You Help?

You can prevent this type of environmental damage by dropping batteries at a designated drop off point. Once we’ve received them, they can be safety transported to organisations that are able to turn them into new products such as streetlights and car parts.

Some of the new uses for your old batteries include:

  • Recycling nickel to produce stainless steel.
  • Recycling acid to form sodium sulphate, which is used to make detergents, glass, and textiles.
  • The production of new batteries, fertilisers, waste bins and plant pots


Where can you drop off your batteries?

In Broken Hill, you can dispose of your unwanted vehicle and household batteries to the Community Recycling Centre (CRC shed) located at the Broken Hill Waste Management Facility.


For household batteries you can drop off to one of these locations as well:

Foodland Broken Hill

346 Beryl Street

Broken Hill NSW 2880

Woolworths Broken Hill

7 Westside Plaza Galena St

Broken Hill NSW 2880

IGA Broken Hill

652 Williams Street

Broken Hill NSW 2880