Are rechargeable batteries recyclable?

Rechargeable batteries can be re-charged and reused hundreds of times. These types of batteries are used in mobile phones, cordless power tools, laptop computers, cordless phones, portable shavers and many more applications.

These types of batteries are a risk to human health and the environment if not disposed of appropriately. They contain valuable metals that can be recycled such as cadmium, zinc, manganese, cobalt and rare earth metals.

NiCad and NiMH batteries are not as dangerous as Lithium batteries but still must be handled with care. These batteries are recycling using a pyrometallurgical process. The batteries are heated to enable separation and recovery of cadmium and the nickel enriched iron that they contain. These recycle materials can be reused as raw materials.

Lithium batteries are extremely dangerous to recycle  and must be handled by qualified licensed processors.  Lithium batteries are fed into an automated crusher which operates in an environment to prevent emissions and to reduce reactions that occur during this process. The recycling process generates metal solids, plastic flock and lithium enriched filter cake. The metal solids can be further used as raw materials in new products. The filter cake is further purified for re-use.

Why it’s important to recycle rechargeable batteries

As the world becomes increasingly reliant on batteries, recycling has become more important than ever. As one of Australia’s largest battery recyclers, Ecocycle is dedicated to keeping toxic materials out the environment, while recovering resources that would otherwise end up in landfill.

Storing rechargeable batteries safely for collection

Lithium is used extensively in rechargeable batteries and can cause explosions or fires if not stored and handled appropriately. While many types of lithium battery can be safely mixed with other batteries in recycling buckets, if the battery has wires and connectors attached to it, these should be taped to the body of the battery with sticky tape. This applies to “pouch” batteries in which several cells are contained within an outer wrapping and connection to devices if by wired connectors.

Start recycling rechargeable batteries today

Ecocycle is ready to help your business start recycling batteries today. Give us a call on 1300 32 62 92 or fill in the form below: