Battery, mobile phone and light bulb recycling


I want to...

  • Find my collection day
  • Book a pick-up
  • Replace or repair my bin
  • Report a missed collection
  • Recycle e-waste

Recycling stations

Batteries, mobile phones and light bulbs don’t belong in your rubbish or recycling bin. If they end up in a recycling plant or landfill, they can contaminate recyclable materials, leach toxic chemicals into our soil and possibly even contaminate the groundwater table – the source of our drinking water. Some also contain valuable resources, like precious metals, that can be used in the production of new materials thus reducing the need for mining raw materials and associated environmental impacts.

An easy and convenient way to recycle your old batteries, mobiles and light bulbs is to drop them off for free recycling at the following locations:

Customer service centres


What I can recycle at the recycling stations

  • Batteries: small handheld batteries rechargeable and non-rechargeable from any brand, AA, AAA, C, D, 9V, 6V lantern and watch batteries.
  • Mobiles: all types of mobile phones – including smartphones – plus their chargers, cables, batteries, headphones and accessories. Keep the battery in the phone.
  • Light bulbs: compact fluorescents, halogens, incandescent and LEDs.

What I can't recycle at the recycling stations

  • Big batteries, like car batteries.
  • No large lamps or fluorescent tubes.

Take these items along to a chemical drop-off day near you. Most car workshops, scrap metal dealers and service stations will accept used car batteries for recycling. Visit Planet Ark’s Recycling to find a location near you.

What these items can become

Our contractor, MRI E-cycle Solutions, collects and recycles the items locally, using state-of-the-art processes and facilities.

In their next life:

  • old batteries can come back as brand new ones
  • mobile phones can be taken apart and ‘mined’ for gold, silver and palladium
  • light bulbs can be broken down and recycled into glass wool insulation and the mercury recovered for other uses.


Last updated: Thursday, 2 April 2020