Battery Waste


Battery waste includes used or depleted consumer batteries, car batteries, batteries from electronic equipment and industrial batteries. 

They can contain lead, alkaline, nickel and lithium, which are harmful to the environment if not disposed of appropriately.

It is important to segregate battery waste from general waste stream as they contain resources that can be recycled and reused. As batteries start to break down in landfill, the heavy metals they contain can leach into surface and groundwater, polluting the environment and causing potential harm to humans and wildlife.

Does Veolia collect battery waste?

Veolia’s highly trained and experienced team can safely collect and recycle or dispose your battery waste at one of our specialist recycling facility.

The batteries are broken apart into pieces and placed into a vat, where the lead and heavy materials fall to the bottom.

The lead, cadmium and nickel within batteries can be removed and recycled for future use in metal making processes. Most materials can be resold as a commodity. Lead can be cleaned and heated within smelting furnaces and poured into ingot moulds. The ingots can be and sent to battery manufacturers, to be reused in the production of new batteries.

In some instances, the plastic and acid within the battery can be separated and may also be recycled. The acid can be neutralized at one our liquid treatment facilities and released to sewage or processed and converted to sodium sulphate to be reused in manufacturing. Clean scrap metal can then be sold to metal recyclers.

To request a quote or learn more about Veolia’s battery waste services, please follow the instructions below:

In Australia
Please submit an online enquiry to our customer service team or call us at 132 955.

In New Zealand
Please submit an online enquiry to our customer service team or call us at 0800 325 542.