B-cycle national battery recycling launched

The Australian, 14 February 2022

Australians can recycle batteries at major supermarkets, hardware chains, stationery suppliers and battery retailers under the B-cycle national batter scheme officially launched today.

Coles, Woolworths, Aldi, Bunnings and Officeworks stores are among 2,351 local drop off points at launch, with another 1,200 to be added in coming weeks.

Batteries have emerged as one of the nation’s fastest growing waste streams with Australians each year buying enough batteries to circle Planet Earth 2.3 times.

A report by science agency CSIRO says only two percent of Australia’s annual lithium-ion battery waste is recycled and the volume is growing by 20 per cent annually and could exceed 100,000 tonnes by 2036.

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