Batteries shouldn’t be put in your household bins because they contain toxic substances and can pose risks to you, your property and the people who empty your bins. This includes batteries in laptops, mobile phones, cameras, power tools and toys.
These hazardous materials pollute the environment when they end up in landfill from your household bin collection. But the good news is, household batteries of all sizes can be easily recycled. You can drop them off at lots of places like supermarkets, Officeworks and also at our Customer Service Centres.
Here are some simple safe storage tips for your batteries before taking them to a drop-off:
- Cover the ends of used batteries with 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 them in metal containers or with other metal objects.
- Store them in a cool, dry place away from heat sources.
- Keep them away from children and pets.
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