Battery World’s War On Waste

Battery World's War On Waste

Battery World's War On Waste

Battery World has partnered with Envirostream to keep batteries out of landfill.

Ninety per cent of a battery can be recycled. Proper recycling processes allow end-of-life batteries to be repurposed for applications including new batteries, fertilisers, steel, copper and road base – yet, every year, over 18,000 tonnes of household batteries go into landfill. The new partnership allows consumers to dispose of batteries for recycling at participating Battery World stores across the country.

Battery World’s General Manager, Johnny Kennedy, described recycling as a key pillar of the company’s ethos.

“As a locally owned and operated company, Envirostream aligned perfectly with our commitment of doing our part to help our planet, as well as our mission to support local businesses,” he said. “The demand for batteries is growing in every aspect of life and we’re expecting this to continue – particularly for lithium batteries which pose a higher risk if not recycled correctly.”

An Australian first

Envirostream is the only Australian company licensed to deal with lithium and also the first onshore company to offer mixed battery recycling.

“Our partnership will provide an easy solution for our customers’ end-of-life batteries while preparing for the growth of lithium batteries in the market,” Kennedy said.

Max Lane, General Manager Commercial, Envirostream (pictured left, with Andrew Mackenzie, Envirostream Director) said proper waste management is a simple way for Aussies to help protect the environment. “Our partnership will provide consumers with accessible and safe collection of batteries which would otherwise be diverted into landfill and waste thanks to Battery World’s national footprint.”

In March 2021, Battery World launched a trial across 10 of its South-East Queensland stores. On average, each store received 60 kg of batteries for recycling every month. The company aims to roll out the partnership across its network within the next few weeks.