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Car Batteries

In Australia, approximately 70,000 tonnes of lead-acid batteries reach the end of their life every year. These batteries can be recycled, with 99% of the battery components being extracted and used for the manufacturing of new batteries.

Car batteries, also known as lead-acid batteries are classified as hazardous waste. They must not be placed in general waste or recycle bins, as the acid will leak and cause harm to the waste handlers and the environment.

Safe Transport & Disposal
When transporting a battery, handle it very carefully and ensure the acid doesn’t leak out.

You should never attempt to burn batteries – this releases dangerous fumes and can cause an explosion.

Will SUEZ accept my car batteries?
SUEZ provides a number of services for the safe disposal of car batteries. Please contact Customer Service on 13 13 35 for the site locations and acceptance criteria.

What else can I do with my car batteries?
Residents may be able to dispose of their chemicals free of charge through one of the following services;

NSW Clean Out 131 555 The Office of Environment & Heritage provides a free drop off for car batteries and other household chemicals to residents of NSW.
ACT Canberra Connect 13 22 81 The Department of the Environment, Climate Change, Energy and Water can advise residents of services available for car battery disposal.
VIC Detox Your Home 1300 363 744 Resource Smart Victoria provides drop off centres and a mobile service for the disposal of hazardous waste free of charge.
SA Zero Waste SA 0882041947 Zero Waste SA provides a free drop off service for hazardous waste.
WA Zero Waste WA 0864675305 A number of drop off centres are available in WA that accept hazardous waste. Zero Waste WA provides the details of these facilities.
QLD Local Councils   Queensland councils organise battery and chemical disposal days individually. Contact your local council for more information.

What happens to the batteries that are sent for recycling?
1. Reconditioned: Car batteries can be re-conditioned so they can be used again
2. Recycled: Lead from old batteries can be extracted and recycled to produce new batteries. The acid is removed safely and neutralised for safe disposal.

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