Nickel Cadmium (NiCd)
- Rechargeable battery
- Used a broad range of handheld devices
- Nickel, cadmium, steel, plastic
Risks / hazards
- Exposure to cadmium – a toxic substance
- Disposal to landfill can lead to local environmental contamination
Storage of used button cell batteries in the home
- Cover terminals with tape to prevent short circuit and minimise risk of fire
- Store out of reach and stored out of each of children
The photo above shows some examples of used NiMh batteries along with examples of how to protect the terminals.
- Used Ni-Cd batteries are recyclable, with a diversion rate from landfill of over 95%.
- Nickel, cadmium, steel & plastics are recovered
- None known
- Ni-Cd batteries are a controlled waste. A waste storage licence and a waste transport licence are required in most jurisdictions. Interstate transport must be tracked, and some jurisdictions require intrastate tracking as well.
- Batteries must be packaged and transported in accordance with the Australian Dangerous Goods Code (ADG).
- The export of used batteries requires a permit from the Australian Government.
Companies with export permits
- Sims E-Recycling Pty Ltd
- HydroMet Corporation Pty Ltd
- Powercell (Australia) Trading Pty Ltd
- Beverich Holdings International Pty Ltd T/A Reverse E-Waste
- Waste nickel-cadmium batteries
- MRI (Aust) Pty Ltd
Health and safety
- Cadmium is a toxic metal. Cannot be disposed of in landfills
- High self-discharge; needs recharging after storage