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Battery Recycling Program

We are delighted to announce that we won 3rd prize in the 2019 Mindarie Regional Council School Battery Collection Program. 166 schools participated in this fantastic environmentally-friendly initiative. We collected an impressive 263kg of used dry cell batteries during the year.

 
We welcomed Mindarie Regional Council’s Steffi and Brodie to a Primary School assembly earlier this term who presented our School with a prize and launched our 2020 collection.

Please help us to continue to reduce the amount of batteries that end up in landfill.


How can I help?
Make a habit of collecting used household batteries at home and bring them to school. They can be handed in to Primary School Reception or placed directly in the Battery Recycling metal bin located outside the Year 5 classrooms. 


What happens to the batteries?
The batteries are stored at Tamala Park and regularly combined with a metropolitan-wide shipment sent to a specialised facility in Australia for sorting.  The batteries are then exported to battery recycling facilities where the components and metals are separated, melted and are then recycled into new products such as street lights, new batteries, car parts and steel frames for houses. 

The people of Perth have embraced the recycling of batteries with tonnes of batteries collected each year across the Perth metropolitan area and sent for recycling. 


What batteries can be collected?
• AA and AAA cells (single use & rechargeable batteries)
• C and D sized batteries
• Button batteries (e.g. from watches)
• 9V batteries
• 6V batteries (e.g. lantern/torch batteries)


What batteries cannot be collected?
Lead acid batteries, such as car batteries, cannot be collected. Please contact your local council for details of how to dispose of these batteries.  

[Information taken from https://www.mrc.wa.gov.au/School-community/Battery-programs]