Household dry-cell batteries including alkaline, lithium, watch batteries and cordless drill batteries can be recycled in Tasmania, just not through your kerbside recycling bin.
When mixed in your kerbside bin, they cannot be easily separated and can contaminate the other recyclables. They also pose a fire risk within the bin and the collection trucks.
Instead, special drop-off points have been set up in many local Council offices and Waste Transfer Stations, and thanks to the new B-Cycle Australian Product Stewardship Scheme, also in Bunnings, Coles and Woolworths supermarkets and many other places across Tasmania.
Batteries are collected, sorted and safely shipped to processors who recover materials from the different battery types as inputs to new products.
So when your household batteries are going, going, gone; give them a second life by recycling at your nearest drop-off point – find your closest location here.