Dry Cell Battery Collection Program

One of the many waste diversion initiatives established by the EMRC was the School Battery Collection (Dry Cell) Program in 2003, followed shortly after by the Community Battery Collection (Dry Cell) Program in 2007. These two initiatives are now collectively known as the Dry Cell Battery Collection Program.

What are household batteries?

Household batteries are dry cell batteries used in many gadgets around the home, such as radios, cameras, and children's toys. They include  AA, AAA, C, D, button batteries, 9V and 6V batteries.  It is estimated that WA throws away over 18 million household batteries to landfill every year.

Why shouldn't I put batteries in my household rubbish bins?

When batteries are sent to landfill, their casings disintegrate and metals and chemicals used within the battery can leach into the surrounding environment. 

In order to prevent this happening, EMRC developed the Battery Collection Program for schools and public places throughout Perth's Eastern Region.

EMRC's battery recycling program offers a safe disposal method to capture dry-cell batteries from the household waste stream, ensuring disposal does not damage our sensitive environment.

Why recycle batteries?

Dry cell batteries contain heavy metals such as zinc, manganese and steel, which are non renewable natural resources. Placing your batteries in one of the EMRC’s many designated battery collection bins stops them from  ending up in landfill, saves valuable metals and prevents environmental contamination. 

What happens to the batteries?

The battery collection bins are collected by EMRC and transported to be sorted here in Perth and sent to Envirostream in Victoria for recycling.

The recycling process is able to seperate the steel, copper and aluminium as well as creating a mixed metal compound. For more information, visit the Envirostream website.

The different components are then able to be reclaimed for use in new products.

The cost to transport and recycle the batteries is made possible through the State's Household Hazardous Waste Program under the landfill levy. Recycling our household batteries means that we are helping our planet by saving valuable natural resources.

What can I do with other types of batteries?

Vehicle and other lead batteries can be recycled at  Red Hill Waste Management Facility and transfer stations in the region or at battery retailers such as Battery World.

Rechargeable batteries (also known as secondary batteries) can also go into the household battery recycling bins. These will be separated from the alkaline (also known as single use) batteries, and sent either to France or Singapore for recycling. Australia does not currently have a facility for recycling rechargeable batteries.

Where can I find a battery recycle bin?

A list of collection points can be found HERE.  Many local schools also have battery collection bins.

What else can I do to help reduce, reuse and recycle batteries?

  • Check to see if you already have batteries on hand before purchasing more;
  • When appropriate, buy hand operated items that function without batteries;
  • Look for batteries that have less mercury and other heavy metals;
  • Consider using rechargeable batteries (also known as secondary batteries) and battery chargers (only for rechargeable batteries).

For More Information

Public Places - Battery Collection Program

Schools - Battery Collection Program

Or contact the EMRC Waste Education Officers on (08) 9424 2222.