Household Battery Recycling Program

Household or dry-cell batteries are those batteries that we use in everyday items such as radios, cameras and children's toys.

Batteries contain metals such as zinc, steel and manganese, when placed in landfill these metals are lost and can not be recovered. These metals are made from natural resources which are limited.

Recycling batteries enables the metals to be recovered and turned into new products, extending the life of the limited resources.

In landfill, the casings of batteries disintegrate; metals and chemicals used within the battery can leach into the surrounding environment.

In order to protect the environment and save precious resources it is important to ensure that dry-cell batteries are disposed of correctly and not placed in household bins.




What types of batteries are accepted ?

  • Battery3AA and AAA (single use & rechargeable batteries)
  • Battery1C and D size batteries
  • Battery4Button batteries (eg. watch batteries)
  • 9V batteries
  • 6V batteries (eg. torch batteries)


What is the difference between wet and dry cell batteries?

Wet-cell batteries contain a liquid electrolyte such as a lead acid car battery. They are often rechargeable. Wet cell batteries can not be recycled through the Household Battery Recycling Program.

Dry-cell batteries such as torch or remote control batteries contain a moist paste electrolyte; they are usually a single use battery. Only dry cell batteries can be recycled through the Household Recycling Battery Program.

What batteries are NOT accepted ?

  • cross Automotive and sealed lead based (Pb)
  • cross Commercial quantities of batteries

Benefits of recycling batteries

Household dry-cell batteries contain metals such as zinc, manganese and steel which, like many natural resources are found in a limited supply.

Separating batteries and recycling them reduces the incidence of these valuable metals becoming destined to landfill.

How are the batteries recycled ?

Dry-cell batteries are transported for reprocessing at a specialised facility in New South Wales, where battery components are recycled into new products such as street lights, steel frames and car parts.

What are recycled batteries made into ?

Zinc - Galvanising (eg Street lights)

Manganese - New batteries and steel alloys

Steel - New steel products (eg rainwater tanks)

Where can household batteries be recycled ?

Household quantities of dry cell batteries can be dropped off, free of charge to any of the following locations:

City of Albany
Administration Offices
102 North Road, Yakamia

Fossicker's Tip Shop
Hanrahan Waste Minimisation Facility
Hanrahan Road, Albany

Kronkup Rural Transfer Station
Lower Denmark Rd, Kronkup

Redmond Rural Transfer Station
Redmond Rd, Redmond

Wellstead Rural Transfer Station
Bouer Rd, Wellstead

Cheynes Beach Rural Transfer Station
Cheynes Rd, Cheynes Beach

Manypeaks Rural Transfer Station
South Coast Hwy, Manypeaks

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