ABRI has published a Q&A on handheld battery recycling to answer some common questions, such as:
Why should we recycle?
What is the current recycling rate?
What happens to batteries collected for recycling in Australia?
Are batteries hazardous in landfill?
Is it beneficial to recycle alkaline batteries?
The last questions is answered by referring to life cycle assessment (LCA) studies undertaken in Europe and the United States. These indicate that recycling is beneficial, but programs need to be designed carefully to optimise recovery of metals and minimise transport impacts.
The document can be downloaded from our website here.