Lithium battery fire in an office demonstrating the importance of proper battery disposal in Northern Beaches.

First off – they don’t go in the household bin. Garbage trucks can compact them and they can start fires. They have to be disposed off in their own way. There are so many locations in the Northern Beaches for battery disposal so there will be a location that will be convenient for you.

Where do they go then?

AA or AAA batteries – Battery Disposal

These can be dropped off at Woolworths, Aldi, IGA, Bunnings and Officeworks. Battery types they will accept are AA, AAA, C, D, 9V, 6V, watch and button batteries. Before you drop them off, tape both ends of the batteries so they don’t interact with each other. You can see a full list of your local recycling centers at the Recycling Near You website. For example, Woolworths in Mona Vale and Dee Why both act as battery disposal locations in the Northern Beaches.

Lithium batteries – Battery Disposal

These are very common in most devices nowadays. They can be found in phones, tablets, computers, toys, tools and appliances. These batteries can be very dangerous and do not like to be shocked. As they get older and face more physical damage, the chance of them exploding grows. It is recommended to not charge most common devices out of your eye line (when you are asleep for example). The fire is self-sustaining and will grow very quickly, so your reaction time is very important. If you have doubts, you can ask us to have a look at your battery in any IT support job and we can give you our opinion on the health of your battery.

How do I recycle these?

Remove the battery if you can (if you can’t, don’t attempt) and tape off the terminals using a non-conductive tape. You can drop these off at your local Woolworths, Aldi, IGA, Bunnings and Officeworks. If the battery cannot be removed from the device, then drop the device off to your local E-Waste collection point.

I have doubts about my batteries health, what should I do?

First off, get it checked. We can have a look for you if you aren’t sure, book through our website.

Need more information about Battery disposal in the Northern Beaches?

Head to the NSW Government’s Environment Protection Authority website.

Have any questions? Contact us!

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