Drop off used batteries for recycling

Last updated: 27 May 2022
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.

Tape battery terminals

To reduce the risk of fire, put a piece of clear sticky tape, duct tape or electrical tape over the battery terminals so they don’t spark with other batteries when stored at home and in the drop-off bin. Find out how to safely store and drop off your used batteries.

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.