Battery World & Recycling
Battery World offers the only national opportunity for the Mums, Dads and kids of Australia to recycle, or responsibly dispose of dead batteries*, of any kind. (*Offer is for domestic usage and disposal of batteries.)
In Australia, we have one of the fastest take-ups of new technology per capita than many countries in the world. Mobile Muster estimates that there are over 22 million unwanted mobiles in homes around Australia and on average Australians replace their handsets every 18-24 months. That makes for a lot of mobile phones and their batteries to be laying around in cupboards and drawers not in use. Over 90% of the materials in mobile phones, batteries and chargers can be recycled. However if not handled well at the end of their life, they can be a threat to the environment.
Over 8,000 tonnes of batteries go into landfill each year. Batteries are one of the most dangerous common waste discarded by Australian households. Many are made from heavy metals and harmful elements such as nickel, cadmium, lead and mercury, which can pollute soil and water and harm wildlife and humans.
Currently there is no Government legislation forcing manufacturers and retailers to participate in responsible disposal of batteries. Also, there is no significant funding or incentive for manufacturers or retailers in Australia.
Since the Battery World Community Recycling Program was initiated, over 6,000 tonnes of lead acid and other types of batteries have already entered the recyling process. That's enough to fill the Sydney Cricket Ground 10 times over! Plus over 36,000 analogue EPIRBs have been collected for recycling since the digital changeover legislation.