Single use batteries
Single use batteries is a good description of most common non-rechargeable batteries, e.g. AAA, AA and D size batteries.
The most common are alkaline batteries, but the term also includes carbon zinc, some lithium and button cell batteries.
Alkaline, zinc carbon and zinc batteries are recycled
Older alkaline batteries (pre-1990s) and some button cell batteries contain mercury, a valuable but toxic metal. By recycling, mercury can be recovered for reuse while protecting the environment from the mercury contamination that would result if the battery ends up in landfill.
Why it’s important to recycle single use batteries
If batteries are not recycled they mostly end up in landfill. There, toxic materials can leach into ground and then further contaminate soil and water. If groundwater is contaminated with chemicals such as cadmium, lead, mercury, zinc and manganese it can have effects on the kidneys, skeletal system and respiratory system.
Storing single use batteries safely for collection
Intact (i.e. non-leaking) single use batteries can safely be mixed in our pre-paid collection buckets or even cardboard boxes. Do not store in metal containers.
Start recycling single use batteries today
Once you’ve estimated the quantity of batteries you will need to recycle each year, give us a call on 1300 32 62 92 or fill in the form below, and we’ll recommend the right size battery collection solution for you.