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With our national battery recycling program, people can safely recycle their used batteries and give them a new lease on life.

Bunnings battery recycling program

Our national battery recycling program is free and easy to use. All our stores have battery recycling units, making it convenient for customers and tradies to drop off used batteries with confidence, knowing they’ll be recycled. That means less waste, keeping harmful substances out of the environment and recovering and reusing valuable natural resources.

Going in circles

We sell a wide range of batteries, from household to power tool batteries. With our national battery recycling program, we’re able to come full-circle, recycling what we sell to be repurposed into new batteries or to be used in other industries.

Around two percent of Australia’s annual 3.3 million kilograms of lithium-ion battery waste is recycled each year. If we turn that around and start recycling, 95 percent of battery components can be reused.

How to recycle batteries

It's easy! Simply bring your old batteries in-store and deposit them in our collection units at the front entrance of each store.

Batteries with tape on the top.
It's recommended to tape your batteries before placing them in your local collection unit, as used batteries may still contain residual charge that can create a spark, leading to a potential fire hazard. Preventing this is as simple as using clear sticky tape, non-conductive electrical tape, or duct tape over the exposed battery terminal, or on the top and bottom face for button cell batteries. Please be mindful to keep the battery label information visible if you're not using clear tape.

We have partnered with onshore mixed-battery recycling company Envirostream Australia, who manage the collection and recycling process.

What kind of batteries can be recycled?

Our battery recycling units are designed to accept household single use and rechargeable batteries, such as:

  • AA, AAA, C, D, 9V, 6V
  • Power tool batteries
  • Button cell batteries
  • Other handheld sized batteries that fit into the collection unit slot

We cannot accept lead acid batteries, car batteries, products with embedded batteries or other batteries that do not fit into the battery collection unit slot.

Contamination from unaccepted battery types or other forms of waste in our recycling unit can be a hazard for our team and customers, so it's best to ask our team if you're unsure whether your batteries can be accepted in the unit.

The national battery recycling program provides the largest network of power tool battery recycling locations in Australia, making it easy and convenient for all customers.

I’m in! What do I do now?

Simply take your old batteries in-store, deposit them in the collection units and Envirostream will recycle them responsibly, giving you peace of mind that you’re keeping valuable resources out of landfill.

Want to do more?

Check out Paintback, a scheme that collects unwanted paint and packaging, diverting it away from landfill and vital waterways.

Use the Paintback website to locate the nearest collection point (there are more than 155 of them throughout Australia.) Take your old paint to the collection point, where it will be stored for Paintback to pick up.

More D.I.Y. Advice

Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.