City of Rockingham’s battery recycling program plays crucial role in waste management

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THE City of Rockingham’s battery recycling program allowed more than 1500kg of batteries to be recycled through the Hazardous Household Waste Facility at Millar Road Landfill between 2017 to 2018.

Recycling would play a crucial role in the City of Rockingham’s waste management system, with the correct disposal of batteries an often forgotten but important part of the recycling process.

Mayor Barry Sammels encouraged residents to join in the environmental effort by disposing their used batteries at a number of drop off locations around the City.

“Dry cell batteries, which are found in children’s toys, small appliances and torches, are able to be recycled in bins at all four of the City’s libraries, the City’s administration building on Civic Boulevard and at the Millar Road Landfill Facility,” he said.

“Mobile phone batteries are recycled through a program called Mobile Muster and these recycling bins are found next to the dry-cell battery recycling bins at the libraries, landfill and City administration building.

“Car batteries should be taken to the Millar Road Landfill Facility.”

City officers would collect batteries from the designated disposal bins around the City and take them to the Hazardous Household Waste Facility.

Batteries are then taken to a facility where they are sorted into chemistry types, before being transported to Victoria where 95 per cent of the battery materials are recovered.