Unwanted batteries? Recycle them in Boort!

Battery Recycle has landed at the Boort Community Resource and Information Centre!

Residents can now drop off used alkaline and rechargeable household batteries in the pink bin located at the Centre and ensure that the toxic materials found in batteries are diverted from landfill.

The Central Murray Regional Waste Management Group’s program was established in 2011 and has diverted over 550 kilograms of batteries from landfill!

“Batteries contain toxic metals such as cadmium, mercury and lead, which can be harmful to the environment when disposed of to landfill. The metals can leak from the battery and contaminate soil and groundwater,” said CMRWMG Executive Officer Karen Fazzani.

“Battery Recycle offers Boort residents a safe, and easy way of disposing of household batteries,” Ms Fazzani said.

Boort Community Resource and Information Centre Manager Alister McDougal is happy to provide a collection point for the program.

“We’re really happy to participate in the program, and encourage all local residents to drop off their used batteries in our new bright pink bin,” stated Mr McDougal.

Household batteries are also being collected at the Wedderburn Hardware and Inglewood Champions IGA.

The pink bin will accept all alkaline (single use) and rechargeable batteries including Nickel Cadmium (NiCd), Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) and Lithium Ion (Li-Ion).  These rechargeable batteries are commonly found in mobile phones, video cameras, digital cameras, cordless phone, portable electric shavers, cordless power tools, laptop computers, palm pilots, remote controlled toys, portable video games and portable disc players.

For further information please contact Karen Fazzani on 5494 3711 or visit www.cmrwmg.vic.gov.au/kerbsidepride