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Household and car batteries

Did you know?

Batteries are the most common form of hazardous waste disposed of by Australian households. When put in your recycling or waste bin they can cause fires in garbage trucks and waste facilities.

The Issue

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 made 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 Albury, you can dispose of your unwanted vehicle and household batteries at either the Albury Recycling Centre located at the Albury Waste Management Centre or at the many local drop off locations listed here around town:

Albury City Council Offices
553 Kiewa Street, Albury

Monday–Friday: 8.30am to 5pm
02 6023 8111
Mirambeena Community Centre
19 Martha Mews, Lavington

Monday-Friday: 9am to 3pm
02 6043 5875
Albury LibraryMuseum
Cnr Kiewa & Swift Streets, Albury

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 10am to 7pm
Tuesday and Friday: 10am to 5pm
Saturday:10am to 4pm
Sunday: 12pm to 4pm
02 6023 8333
Orana Community Centre
40 Cardo Drive, Springdale Heights

Monday–Thursday: 9am to 3.30pm
Fri: 9am to 1pm
02 6025 3988
Lavington Library
Northpoint Tower
Griffith Road, Lavington

Monday Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 9.30am to 5.30pm
Thursday: 9.30am to 6pm
Saturday: 9.30am to 1pm
02 6043 5645
Glenecho Neigbourhood Centre
949 Burrows Road, Glenroy

Monday–Friday 9am to 3pm
02 6025 9359
Albury Upcycle & Recycle Shop
565 Mudge Street, Hamilton Valley

Monday–Friday: 10am to 3pm
Sat & Sun: 10am to 2pm
0439 887 496

More Information

B-cycle resources