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Battery Recycling

Recycling stations for batteries, mobile phones and accessories are located in student Hubs at North Terrace, Roseworthy and Waite campus.

If your area uses a lot of batteries (i.e. more than 200 each year):

  • Add a plastic container to your stationery cupboard for used AAA to D batteries next to your new batteries.
  • Request a battery tube by submitting an Infrastructure Service Request.
  • Once your tube is half-full, submit another Infrastructure Service Request for collection. There may be a cost associated.

The Problem

Less than 5% of used batteries in Australia are disposed of correctly.

Around 8,000 tonnes* (183 million batteries) end up in landfill each year and another 3,000 tonnes are ‘informally stockpiled’ in the house, garage or office. This adds up to a shocking waste of resources. Most batteries contain heavy metals like lead, mercury and cadmium that are toxic to human health and harmful to the environment if left to leach into the soil and waterways.

Cartridge recycling box

Benefits of recycling include:

        • A reduction in pollution from landfills, helping to support the production of high-quality organic products, such as soil and mulch, from alternative waste facilities.
        • Conserving valuable non-renewable resources like nickel andlead.
        • Recycling also helps to conserve valuable non-renewable resources like nickel and lead.

*Information care of

Infrastructure Engagement
North Terrace Campus
The University of Adelaide

Telephone: +61 8 8313 3763

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