Handling and disposal of batteries

Published on 01 October 2020

Handling and disposal of batteries

Batteries are to be kept out of your garbage and recycling bins, as they cannot be disposed of through kerbside collection. This is because batteries and products containing batteries can cause fires in trucks and at the recycling sorting facility. 

Using rechargeable batteries is a great alternative which helps reduce the amount of battery waste, as they can be used repeatedly. 

You can recycle used household batteries at Aldi stores. Aldi accepts batteries as AAA, AA, C, D and 9V of any chemistry type (Alkaline, Super Heavy Duty, Lithium or rechargeable).

Used batteries are potentially hazardous. If you are storing used batteries at home before recycling, make sure you:

  • Keep batteries out of reach of children. Button cells can be swallowed, causing choking and chemical burns

  • Are careful of damaged or leaking batteries. Some materials inside batteries are toxic and could result in poisoning

  • Keep batteries away from sunlight, heat and water. This may result in leakage of toxic materials

  • Reduce fire risk. Place individual batteries in a plastic bag or sleeve. Tape over the terminals of any lithium-based batteries, such as button cells, phone, camera and laptop batteries, or batteries with both terminals on one side (for example 9V batteries).

As restrictions ease, you can take used batteries to libraries, pools and customer service centres for recycling.