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Recycling initiative for old batteries launched in Perth

03 December, 2009

Old household batteries (dry-cell) can be dropped off at any one of over 150 new battery recycling bins around Perth.

This community initiative is the first of its kind in Australia and gives everyone the ability to recycle common household batteries at a range of convenient locations.

It is estimated over 18 million household batteries are thrown away in Western Australia each year. By separating your batteries from ordinary household rubbish, these valuable resources can be recycled into a range of new products, such as street lights and car parts, rather than go to waste.

The vibrant new battery recycling bins are designed with a slot in the top to allow batteries to be easily and safely deposited. The types of batteries accepted include:

  • AA and AAA cells (single use & rechargeable batteries)
  • C and D sized batteries
  • Button batteries (e.g. from watches)
  • 9V batteries
  • 6V batteries (e.g. lantern/torch batteries)

The initiative is being administered the Dry-Cell Battery Working Group which has representatives from the City of Stirling and all five metropolitan regional councils i.e. Southern, Eastern, Western, Mindarie and Rivers Regional Councils and is supported by the Western Australian Landfill Levy Fund and Household Hazardous Waste Program.

Source: Zero Waste WA

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