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Did you know?

Batteries should never be put in the recycling bin or in your waste bin. Rechargeable batteries and lithium ion batteries are hazardous and could produce sparks that may start a fire in our trucks or recycling facility. This includes batteries in laptops, mobile phones, power tools and cameras. Materials like lead, nickel cadmium and mercury in batteries are toxic to people and animals, and pollute our soils and waterways. They remain in the environment for a long time. Victoria banned the disposal of batteries to landfill in July 2019. ​


Single-use batteries are usually alkaline batteries with Zinc, Manganese or Lithium chemistry. Rechargeable batteries are commonly Nickel Cadmium, Nickel Metal Hydride or Lithium Ion. Buying rechargeable batteries is a significant way to decrease battery waste. Each battery can be recharged up to 1000 times, saving you money and reducing pollution from discarded batteries. Batteries can be processed to recover plastics and metals, some of which are used to manufacture new batteries.

Batteries that CAN be recycled:

Batteries that can be used for recycling are primarily those that can be recharged. This includes:

  • Lead-acid batteries (used in cars)

  • Batteries containing cadmium (i.e. old mobile phone batteries)

  • Two types of non-rechargeable batteries that contain:

  • Silver oxide

  • Mercury oxide

What you can do?

Speedie Waste & Recycle offers solutions to recycle all types of batteries safely and we provide tailored solutions that suit your business requirements. A simple solution of adding battery storage buckets or drums to correctly sort and store used batteries for recycling are available. No matter the quantity to recycle, we can find a solution best designed for your business.

If you are uncertain whether your battery should be recycled or not, please contact our Waste Management Consultants at / or phone us on      +61 3 9305 2265 for more information and to orgainse a collection.

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