Batteries

Car batteries

Car batteries (also known as lead acid batteries) contain hazardous chemicals that are harmful to human health and our environment. If they are not disposed of properly, batteries can leach sulphuric acid, lead and lead compounds into our soil and waterways.

Most car battery retailers, mechanics and scrap metal dealers and will accept used car batteries for recycling. When purchasing a new car battery, ask the vendor if they can recycle your old one.

Planet Ark provides a directory of locations where you can recycle car batteries on the Recycling Near You website.

Businesses in Newcastle that accept car batteries for recycling, free of charge*, include:
 
Suburb Business Phone Number
Broadmeadow Battery Brokers (50 Clyde St) 02 4969 5855
Broadmeadow Century Yuasa Newcastle (9 Coorumbung Rd) 02 4940 0361
Carrington Hunter Recyclers (8 Gross St) 02 4969 5502
Kooragang Island Simsmetals Ltd (Cormorant Rd) 02 4033 7100
Kotara Super Cheap Auto (30 Northcott Dr) 02 4965 5488
Hamilton Repco Auto Parts (45 Tudor St) 02 4969 2644
Mayfield West Super Cheap Auto (585 Maitland Rd) 02 4968 9833
Wickham Newcastle Auto Electrics (45 Railway St) 02 4961 5998
*Information correct at time of publishing. Please confirm with the business prior to arrival.

You can also recycle batteries free of charge at any Chemical Clean Out day or permanent Community Recycling Centre.

For recycling options for other types of batteries, see Batteries-Household.
 

Household batteries

Household batteries can leach a range of heavy metals, such as cadmium, lead and mercury, into our environment if they are not disposed of responsibly. Household batteries include both single-use batteries (usually alkaline batteries with Zinc, Manganese or Lithium chemistry) and rechargeable batteries (usually Nickel-Cadmium, Nickel Metal Hydride or Lithium Ion), including those designed for laptops, power tools, cameras and other electronic equipment.

Domestic quantities of household batteries can be safely recycled in the dedicated collection bins at:
  • ALDI stores (AA, AAA, C, D and 9V sized batteries only)
  • BatteryWorld outlets
  • Council's City, New Lambton and Wallsend library branches
  • Council's Customer Enquiry Centre at 282 King Street, Newcastle
  • Summerhill Waste Management Centre (administration building).
Car batteries are not accepted at these locations - please see above for recycling options.

You can also recycle your batteries free of charge at any Chemical Clean Out day or permanent Community Recycling Centre.

Preparing batteries for recycling

To minimise the risk of short circuiting and potential fires, please place adhesive tape over the terminals of any lithium-based batteries (including button cell batteries) and any batteries that have both terminals on one side (e.g. 9V batteries). If a battery has lead wires these should be removed or the bare wire ends covered in sticky tape.

Please refer to the Australian Battery Recycling Initiative (ABRI) guidelines for households for more information about how to safely recycle handheld batteries (please note: the information provided in these guidelines is general in nature and provided for educational purposes only).

Reducing household battery waste

You can minimise battery usage by connecting appliances to the mains power where possible.

Purchasing rechargeable batteries will save you money and create less waste then single use batteries in the long run. Many of these batteries can be recharged in less than 15 minutes, and can be recharged up to 1000 times.

 

Mobile phone batteries

Visit Mobile Muster to find your nearest recycling drop-off point for mobile phones, batteries and accessories. Council's Customer Administration Centre at 282 King Street, Newcastle is a registered collection point.

You can also pick up a free reply-paid Mobile Muster satchel at participating Australia Post and JB Hi-Fi stores to post back your unwanted mobile phone, battery and charger.