Household and car battery recycling
In Australia, about 350 million batteries are purchased every year. More than two thirds of disposed batteries are sent to landfill, making them the most common form of household problem waste.
Heavy metals found in batteries include cadmium, nickel, lead and mercury which are all toxic and dangerous to human, animal and environmental health if not managed properly. Batteries in landfill damage the environment because, once their casings disintegrate, metals and chemicals inside the battery leach out.
You can prevent this type of environmental damage by dropping your batteries off for free at the Albury Recycling Centre where they can be recycled into a range of new products like street lights and car parts.
Battery recycling is beneficial because:
- the nickel batteries contain can be recycled to produce stainless steel
- 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
- other materials recycled from batteries can be used to produce new batteries, fertilisers, waste bins and plant pots.
- The recycling process is able to separate the steel, copper and aluminium as well as creating a mixed metal compound.
Household battery recycling bins
Household Batteries are the most common form of hazardous waste disposed of by Australian households. When they are disposed of with ordinary household waste they end up in landfill.
As well as the Albury Recycling Centre, Albury has six household battery recycling bins in convenient locations. You can recycle your household batteries by dropping them off at:
- AlburyCity Customer Service Centre
- Library Museum
- Lavington Library
- Mirambeena Community Centre
- Thurgoona Community Centre
- Albury Waste Management Centre
The following types of batteries are accepted:
- AA and AAA cells (single use and rechargeable batteries)
- C and D sized batteries
- Button batteries (e.g. from watches or hearing aids)
- 9V batteries
6V batteries (e.g. lantern/torch batteries)
Applicable Fees & Charges
AlburyCity residents, businesses or commercial enterprises are not charged a fee at the community recycling centre for disposing of vehicle and household batteries.
It is a condition of free acceptance that recyclable materials be separated and placed in the supplied recycling areas. Sorting your load to separate general waste and recyclables is recommended.