Drop off used batteries for recycling

Last updated: 1 March 2023
Image of a hand dropping batteries into a battery recycling bin.

Small acts are all it takes to make a big impact

Just by taking your used batteries to a drop-off point for recycling, you’ll be giving them a new life and helping keep harmful materials out of your bins and the environment. This means that valuable resources can be recovered and used to make new things like metal tools, computer parts or new batteries, which reduces the environmental impacts of using new or raw materials.

Never put any type of batteries in your kerbside bins. This includes batteries in laptops, mobile phones, cameras, power tools and electronic toys.

It’s a small act with a big impact on Victoria’s sustainable future.

Why it matters

When batteries are placed in your household bins, they can cause fires in the bins or the trucks that collect them. They also contain toxic substances that are harmful to you, your family and the environment.

Tips and tricks

Find a drop-off point

To find your nearest battery recycling drop-off point visit B-cycle or check with your local council.

How to safely store and drop off used batteries

  • Cover the terminals of used batteries with non-conductive tape, like duct tape or clear sticky tape, to prevent sparking and reduce the risk of fire.
  • Store them in a glass container and make sure the container is not airtight.
  • Don’t keep batteries in a metal container or together with other metal objects.
  • Store batteries in a cool, dry place, away from heat sources.
  • Always keep batteries away from children and pets.

Learn more about battery safety.

E-waste doesn’t belong in any bin

It’s not just batteries that can’t go in your household bins. In general, any item with a plug, battery or power cord that is no longer working is considered e-waste (electronic waste). E-waste is banned from landfill which means it can’t go in any household bin. Take e-waste to a drop-off point for recycling instead.

Find a small act that works for you

There are many other easy ways to reduce waste and recycle more. Find a small act that works for you and be part of Victoria’s sustainable future.