Be a battery hero - never bin a battery

Be a battery hero - never bin a battery
hands holding batteries
Did you know batteries can ignite and explode when put in household bins? Did you know batteries can ignite and explode when put in household bins?  

​Did you know batteries can ignite and explode when put in household bins?

Batteries have caused truck fires, which is dangerous to the community. It may also delay your collection service and increase costs to you through an increase in your rates.

But remember, batteries are often hidden in many common household items. Be sure to remove the batteries from these items before recycling or disposing of them correctly. Some common items that have batteries include:

  • Toys
  • Vapes and e-cigarettes
  • Power tools
  • Wireless headphones
  • Watches and clocks
  • Remote controls
  • Digital cameras
  • Mobile phones
  • Electric toothbrushes



How and where to safely dispose of batteries

It’s easy to find a place near you to drop off your unwanted batteries. Your local IGA, Coles, Woolworths, Bunnings and Aldi should have a battery drop off box through B-Cycle who accept most common household batteries. To find a location nearest to you click here.

Find a battery drop off

Mobile phone also contain batteries which often can't be removed. These devices aren't accepted by B-Cycle, but can be recycled through MobileMuster. Find your closest MobileMuster drop off location here

If you have other tricky electrical items that contain batteries, you can find where to take them on the Planet Ark website, click here to find out more.

Simply hold on to your batteries and take them with you the next time you go shopping. Here are some tips on how to safely store them until you’re ready to take them to a drop off location:

  1. Tape your batteries terminals (ends of the batteries) with clear sticky tape. If terminals touch they can spark and cause a fire
  2. Store taped batteries in a clearly labelled glass container
  3. Store the container in cool, dry place away from any heat source

You can also drop off batteries at our Chemical CleanOut event. To find out when the next event date is, please visit

The City of Canterbury Bankstown acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land, water and skies of Canterbury-Bankstown, the Darug (Darag, Dharug, Daruk, Dharuk) People. We recognise and respect Darug cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship with the land. We acknowledge the First Peoples’ continuing importance to our CBCity community.