Embedded batteries and e-waste
Many items we use every day have embedded batteries. Examples include electric toothbrushes, wireless headphones, mobile phones, laptops, tablets, watches, toys, cordless tools, electric shavers and much more.
Items with embedded batteries should not go in household waste or recycling bins. When these items are compressed and crushed in waste collection trucks and facilities, they can spark fires putting staff lives, collection trucks, facilities, and the environment at risk.
Drop items with embedded batteries off for free at the hazardous waste or e-waste area of the ACT Government Resource Management Centres.
Some types of batteries can be recycled through their own collection schemes:
If you are unsure about what to do with your unwanted batteries you can search the Recyclopaedia for different battery types and items.