How do I dispose of or recycle household batteries?


Recycling household batteries is preferable to disposal. Most batteries contain harmful substances such as mercury, cadmium and lead. If they go to landfill these might contaminate the land or groundwater. Three companies in Australia reprocess old batteries to extract sulfuric acid, lead and plastic casing to sell.

Find your nearest battery recycling centre

Battery Recycling Initiative

Mobile phone batteries

Phone batteries can be recycled through the MobileMuster program

Tip: Avoid battery waste by using rechargeable batteries instead of disposable.


Household alkaline batteries can be disposed of at CleanOut events. These are held in various locations in NSW on specified dates, usually 9am-3.30pm. This service is free.

View the schedule of collection days in NSW