Australian Battery Recycling Initiative
ABRI's vision is simple: effective stewardship of all end of life batteries

Handheld batteries

Information about battery recycling services in your local area is available through Planet Ark’s RecyclingNearYou website.

Residents in Perth (Western Australia) can deposit old household batteries (dry cell) in over 150 battery recycling bins around the city. Click here for details.

Sustainability Victoria provides over 30 drop-off sites for used handheld batteries and other hazardous products. ABRI has taken over the management of the pilot Batteryback collection program from Sustainability Victoria. Handheld batteries can be deposited in participating retail stores. Click here for details.

Sydney City Council has established a number of drop-off locations to recycle handheld batteries, mobile phones and light bulbs. Click here for locations. In other urban and regional centres in NSW, Community Recycling Centres are being rolled out to collect batteries and other problem wastes with funding from NSW EPA.

Battery World stores offer a free battery recycling service for their customers. There are over 70 stores across the country. Click here for details.

ALDI is the first supermarket to offer a national battery recycling program for customers. Click here for details on which batteries they can accept.

Councils often collect hazardous household products such as paints, chemicals and batteries. Check your Council’s web site for details, or find services in your area through Planet Ark’s Recycling NearYou web site.

Mobile phones and mobile phone batteries are recycled through the MobileMuster program. They can be dropped off at over 3,500 participating retail stores and local council facilities or returned in a reply paid envelope. Click here for details.

Emergency and exit lighting batteries are being collected through the Lighting Council Australia’s EXITcycle program. The first stage is a pilot in Queensland.

Safety guidelines
Disclaimer: The information provided in these guidelines is general in nature and provided for educational purposes only. ABRI does not accept responsibility for any loss or damage occasioned by any person acting or refraining from action as a result of reliance on these documents.
Public drop-off facilities
Aggregation points
Lithium batteries
Handling used lead acid batteries
Risk assessment report
Risk assessment Appendix II (Excel spreadsheet)

Fact sheets
ABRI has published a new series of fact sheets on handheld battery recycling. These address some of the issues raised during consultation on a national stewardship scheme, and are designed to support informed debate.

1. Q&A on battery recycling
2. Why should we recycle batteries?
3. Environmental benefits of recycling alkaline batteries
4. Consumer attitudes and behaviour
5. Australia lags behind: battery regulations around the world
6. Recycling efficiency for alkaline batteries
7. Benefits of an ‘all battery’ recycling scheme.


If you are a commercial business or if you have a large number of batteries, you can arrange for collection and recycling of used batteries through the following ABRI members (with a fee for service):

Battery World

Tel: 13 17 60

Close the Loop Ltd

Tel: 03 9930-8600

Dodd & Dodd Group Pty Ltd

Contact: Bill Rock
Tel: 0412 114 477
Lead acid, NiCd and NiMH batteries (Western Australia) only.

Infoactiv Group Pty Ltd

Tel: 1800 489 278

MRI (Aust) Pty Ltd

Tel: 03 9303 1814
Download a list of MRI’s branches

Powercell (Australia) Trading Pty Ltd

Tel: +61 8 8223-2011
NiCd, NiMH and Li-ion batteries only
Household quantities <2kg can be dropped off free of charge in Adelaide.

TES-AMM Australia Pty Ltd

Tel: 1300 730 621
Li-ion, Li polymer, NiMH and alkaline batteries only.
Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.