Recycle batteries, mobile phones and light bulbs

Learn how to recycle these items in the easiest and most convenient ways.

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How to recycle batteries

Battery safety: what you should do when storing or recycling batteries

  • Store your batteries in a cool, dry place, away from a heat source. For example, don’t store in the sun or near the microwave.
  • Don’t use a metal container to store batteries.
  • Don’t mix household batteries with other battery types like car batteries.
  • Drop off your collected batteries regularly.

Read more on battery safety.

How to recycle mobile phones and their accessories

You can recycle all types of mobile phones plus their chargers, cables, batteries kept in the phone, and headphones through:

Don’t forget to delete your data. Make sure all data is permanently wiped from your device before you recycle or give it away.

If your mobile is working, consider finding it a new home first. You could give it away or try advertising online through Facebook Marketplace, Gumtree, Trading Post, eBay or Freecycle.

How to recycle light bulbs 

Always wrap light bulbs in newspaper and transport them in a bag or box so they don't break. 

Two people disposing of small items at our recycling station on the lower ground of Green Square Library.

Where to find our recycling stations

Old household batteries, mobile phones and small light bulbs – excluding fluorescent tubes – can be taken to recycling stations at one of the locations 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. The mercury is safely recovered for other uses, such as in thermometers and new electronic devices.

Why it’s important to recycle it right

Batteries in your rubbish or recycling bin can cause fires in our collection trucks and harm our community. Button batteries left around the home can be accidentally swallowed by children and cause serious injury or death.

If batteries, mobile phones or light bulbs are placed in your yellow or red lid bins, they can contaminate recyclable materials, leach toxic chemicals into our soil and contaminate 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.