Australia’s first national recycling scheme for household batteries launches

ABC News, 15 February 2022

Have you ever chucked a dead AA battery straight into the bin? Many of us are guilty of doing this, despite the known risks of them contaminating landfill or even starting a rubbish tip fire.

A national recycling scheme is now in action to make it easier for Australians to dispose of their old batteries in a safe way.

Libby Chaplin heads up the new recycling scheme, B-cycle.

“It’s been a long time coming,” she says.

“It’s going to have a far-reaching impact on the waste stream and innovation in this space.

“About 50 per cent of people actually currently put their batteries in the general waste or recycling bin.

“And this causes some serious problems because, even though they’re dead to us, batteries still maintain some charge.

“They can spark with other bits of metal and cause fires.”

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