NSW council leads in battery recycling
The Resource Recovery Centre at Mossvale, 100 km south of Sydney, has a permanent drop-off facility for used automotive and handheld batteries.
The facility, which is operated by Wingecarribee Shire Council, has been collecting handheld batteries for over 10 years. The program is strongly supported by the community, for example 1300 kg of handheld batteries were dropped off over one weekend in April 2014 during the EPA-supported Household Chemical Cleanout.
The permanent drop-off facility for handheld batteries is funded by the Council. To reduce costs, people are asked to sort batteries into coloured bins for each chemistry type. According to Andrew Leslie, Operations Manager, most people are willing to do the sorting. Council staff check the bins to make sure that the batteries are correctly sorted before collection.
“We provide a recycling facility for batteries and other hazardous wastes because we want to reduce contamination in landfill. It’s also something that our community wants. In future we’ll undertake more public education to promote the fact that batteries can be recycled and shouldn’t be put into a rubbish bin” said Mr Leslie.
Wingecarribee Shire Council recently joined ABRI as an Affiliate Member.