Recycling Household Batteries

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You can drop off your used Household Batteries at Berridale, Cooma and Jindabyne Council offices, Cooma Library, as well as both the Cooma and Jindabyne Landfills.
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Why Recycle Batteries?
Over 8,000 tonnes of batteries go into landfill each year. Batteries are one of the most dangerous common waste discarded by Australian households.

Household batteries contain toxic metals such as cadmium, mercury and lead, which can pollute soil and water and harm wildlife and humans.

Used rechargeable batteries are classified as a hazardous waste under the Hazardous Waste Act 1989 as they commonly contain toxic metals such as nickel-cadmium (NiCad), nickel-metal hydride and lithium-ion, which can harm the environment by contaminating soil and groundwater. This means that they should not be disposed of with general household waste. 

By recycling, mercury can be recovered for reuse while protecting the environment from mercury contamination if the battery erodes in landfill. Recycling single-use batteries also recovers zinc, manganese dioxide and silver.

What Happens to the Batteries when they are Recycled?
After batteries are collected, they are sorted into their types and components and sent to licensed recycling facilities in Australia or overseas for processing.

Recycling battery components is a complex and expensive process due to the chemistry involved. AusZinc, in Wollongong, has a facility that recycles alkaline batteries. These batteries can be processed to recover zinc, manganese and ferrous metals.

 Secondary batteries are commonly Nickel-Cadmium, Nickel-Metal Hydride and Lithium-ion components in rechargeable batteries can also be recycled. The recovered metals are made into other products, while the cadmium can be returned to battery manufacturers to create a fully closed loop recycling system.

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How do I dispose my household batteries?
Currently Snowy Monaro Regional Council has alternative waste streams for these hazardous materials.

Community Recycling Centre
Residents can now drop off the following household problem waste items for FREE, helping to minimise our community's impact on the environment.

For more information about Snowy Monaro Regional Council's Community Recycling Centres please click link to be directed to webpage.

Battery World
Since the Battery World Community Recycling Program was initiated, over 8,000 tonnes of lead acid and other types of batteries have already entered the recycling process. That's enough to fill the Sydney Cricket Ground 10 times over!

You can drop off your used household batteries at Berridale, Cooma and Jindabyne Council offices as well at both the Cooma and Jindabyne Landfills.