Recycle batteries, mobile phones and light bulbs

There are many easy and convenient ways to recycle your old batteries, mobiles and light bulbs.

$2 a bag for RecycleSmart’s power pick-up. Other services are free.

Project Status: When you need to do this

What you need to do

Our recycling station on the lower ground of Green Square Library.

Where to find our recycling stations

Old household batteries (no big batteries, like car batteries), mobile phones and light bulbs (no large lamps or fluorescent tubes) can be dropped off at one of our recycling stations, located at our customer service centres, libraries or community centres listed below.

Customer service centres

Libraries

Community centre

After you finish

Our contractor 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.

Why it’s important to recycle it right

Batteries, mobile phones and light bulbs placed in your rubbish or recycling bin can cause fires in our collection trucks and harm our community.

If these items 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. This helps reduce the need for mining raw materials and associated environmental impacts.