All types of household batteries cannot be disposed of in any kerbside bin – they contain toxic metals and when they are compressed in collection trucks or come into contact with other metal, they can overheat or become punctured, causing rubbish loads to catch fire in trucks or at the sorting facility.
There are many places in and close to the City of Maribyrnong where you can drop off old household rechargeable and non-rechargeable batteries for free, so that they can be recycled safely.
Council’s Recycling Stations
Recycling stations have been installed at a range of Council facilities including the Braybrook Community Hub, Maribyrnong Community Centre, and Maidstone Community Centre to make it easier for you to recycle household items while you’re out and about in the community or visiting our facilities.
These stations allow you to recycle household quantities of batteries such as AA, AAA, C, D, 9V and button cell batteries, as well as other items including lightbulbs, old CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes and cassettes, X rays, old pens, textas and stationary. Click here for more information.
AA, AAA, C, D and 9V sized batteries can be recycled at Aldi stores.
AA, AAA, C, D and 9V sized batteries, laptop batteries, mobile phone batteries, camera and cordless power tool batteries, and button cell batteries can be recycled at Bunnings.
AA, AAA, C, D and 9V sized batteries, laptop batteries and mobile phone batteries can be recycled at Officeworks.
Local waste transfer stations and drop-off points
Other household batteries including single use batteries and batteries in toys and appliances can be disposed of at local waste drop-off points and transfer stations.
To locate a retailer, waste transfer station or drop-off point near you, visit Council’s Where to Recycle map.
Remember, using rechargeable batteries is a great alternative that helps reduce the amount of battery waste, as they can be used repeatedly.
Tips on storing your batteries safely
Used batteries are potentially hazardous if stored in the wrong conditions, so if you are storing used batteries at home before recycling, remember to:
- Keep batteries out of reach of children. Button cells and small batteries can be swallowed, causing choking and chemical burns.
- Be cautious when changing batteries and check for damages or leaks. Some materials inside batteries are toxic and could result in poisoning.
- Keep batteries in a cool, dry place at room temperature and away from sunlight, heat and water. This may result in leakage of toxic materials.
- Place individual batteries in a container or jar to reduce fire risk. 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).
Transfer Stations have different opening hours and accepted items, so please contact the station before you visit and visit the website for more information at www.maribyrnong.vic.gov.au/recycle
For disposal of other batteries, including car batteries and other battery sizes, please visit the Recycling Near You website to find your nearest drop off point: www.RecyclingNearYou.com.au/batteries
Visit the website to download the Maribyrnong Bins and Recycling app to locate the recycling drop off point nearest to you and check which items they accept: www.maribyrnong.vic.gov.au/waste