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Battery recycling

Unwanted household batteries can be safely disposed of through Buller District Council's battery recycling scheme.

Household batteries contain hazardous substances. If they end up in landfill, the battery chemicals soak into the soil and can contaminate groundwater and surface water. Lithium batteries can cause landfill fires.

Buller DC Battery recycling

Batteries deteriorate over time so collecting them before they deteriorate means they can be recycled appropriately, saving valuable components for reuse and reducing the risk to people and the environment.                                                    

A partnership between the Karamea Waste Management Group (KWMG), Buller District Council and Smart Environmental Ltd enables everyone living in Buller to recycle their batteries responsibly.

It is simple, just drop them off at your closest Transfer Station:

Martins Mitre10 Westport  independently operates their own battery recycling programme, you can also drop batteries off there during opening hours.

Not at all. Residents can drop-off small batteries for free. Council, through funding from the Waste Minimisation Fund, will cover the charge to recycle the batteries.

Batteries accepted include:

  • AA
  • AAA
  • C batteries
  • Square 9V batteries
  • Smart phone batteries
  • Watch batteries
  • Hearing aid batteries
  • Coin-shaped batteries.

Note: Rechargeable batteries, lithium and phone batteries need to have the terminals isolated prior to being dropped off.

There are many reasons why you should recycle batteries in a proper way. Disposing of used batteries in landfill is detrimental to our environment and it also wastes useful resources. Batteries need to be properly handled, hence should not be disposed of in landfill.

The battery chemicals soak into the soil and contaminate groundwater and surface water, also lithium batteries can cause landfill fires.

The battery recycling service is offered through Auckland based recycling company Upcycle. Upcycle specialises in recycling e-waste, batteries, metals and decommissioning assets. After the batteries are collected in the battery bucket supplied by Upcycle, they will be transported to Auckland for recycling.

There are lots of good reasons, so be a responsible kiwi, do the right thing and recycle your batteries!