Battery recycling

As your various household appliances and devices will show you, batteries come in all shapes and sizes. What you may not know is that batteries are also made of different materials and chemistries. And the ability to recycle them is ultimately dependent on the chemicals they are made from.

Why recycle batteries?

  • Because many of the materials they are made from are hazardous to our health – disposal of them into landfill risks heavy metals leaching into our waterways.
  • Because many of the materials they are made from – such as lead, cadmium and lithium – can be recycled an indefinite number of times.

Types of batteries we handle and recycle

MRI recycling facilities are licensed to handle and recycle the following types of batteries:

  • Lead Acid (Pb)
  • Nickel Cadmium (NiCad), sealed and vented.
  • Lithium Ion – Lithium Ion Polymer.
  • Lithium batteries.
  • Alkaline batteries.
  • Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH)

How are batteries processed?

MRI has recently commenced in-house processing of NiCad batteries.

All other battery chemistries – i.e. Lithium Ion, are exportedunder hazardous waste and dangerous goods permits to our partner in Korea where over 80% of the materials like cobalt, lithium, nickel are recovered for reuse.  Material that is not recovered is disposed into approved landfill sites

All our downstream partners have full ISO 14001 and EPA accreditation and are regularly audited independently by our customers.

An important note on storing, handling and transporting batteries for recycling

Many types of batteries are deemed to be prescribed waste, with transport and storage methods controlled by the various state EPAs. Dangerous goods transport may therefore be required.

MRI can provide you approved battery collection and storage containers including 5ltr and 25 ltr battery buckets and for lareger volumes 44ltr drums.  All containers are dangerous goods approved.

For advice on storing, handling and transporting batteries please contact us on 1300 439 278 or email mri@mri.com.au