In Australia, over 8.000 tonnes of batteries go into landfill each year. Rechargeable batteries are one of the most hazardous common waste items discarded by Australian households. Many are made from heavy metals and harmful elements such as nickel, cadmium, lead and mercury, which can pollute soil and water and harm wildlife and humans.
There are several options for householders to recycle batteries in South Australia:
- Battery World stores throughout South Australia take most batteries, phone 13 17 60.
- Recycle My Battery shows locations around Australia for lead acid batteries (the kind used in cars, motorcycles and boats).
- Mobile phone batteries - check out Mobile Muster for your nearest drop off point.
- Normal dry cell batteries are not considered hazardous and can be disposed of in your blue-lidded household rubbish bin, which is collected each week. These batteries will be disposed of in an EPA licensed landfill site.
- Batteries cannot be recycled in your yellow lidded-recycling bin.
Hazardous Household Waste Depot
The Hazardous Household Waste Depot offer their service free of change. Contact them on (08) 8204 2004 for further information. They are location on the Corner of Magazine Road and Henschke Street, Dry Creek. Please not they are only open from 9.00am to 12.00pm on the first Tuesday of every month (including public Holidays).