Did you know the Bunbury Public Library on Parkfield Street is a collection point for your old, dead domestic batteries?
Australia has one of the fastest take-ups of new technology per capita than many countries in the world. Mobile phone recycler - Mobile Muster estimates that there are over 22 million unwanted mobiles in homes across the country and on average Australians replace their handsets every 18-24 months.
That means there’s a lot of mobile phones and their batteries lying around in cupboards and drawers - not in use. Over 90% of the materials in mobile phones, batteries and chargers can be recycled. However if not handled well at the end of their life, they can be a threat to the environment.
Over 8,000 tonnes of batteries go into landfill each year. Batteries are one of the most dangerous common waste discarded by Australian households. Many are made from heavy metals and harmful elements such as nickel, cadmium, lead and mercury, which can pollute soil and water and harm wildlife and humans.
Since the Battery World Community Recycling Program was initiated, over 8,000 tonnes of lead acid and other types of batteries have already entered the recycling process. That's enough to fill the Sydney Cricket Ground 10 times over!
Battery World has made it easier for us to recycle or responsibly dispose of dead domestic batteries by providing the Bunbury Library with a big, purple battery bin so you can have peace of mind that you have disposed of your domestic batteries in an environmentally responsible way.
To recycle your domestic batteries at the Bunbury Public Library on Parkfield Street please bring your dead batteries to the library staff at the front desk.