Power tool battery recycling pilot
Every year around 3 million used power tool batteries reach the end of their life. In total less than 3% of all handheld batteries are recycled.
Power tool batteries may contain toxic materials such as lead, mercury and cadmium and can pose a risk to human health and the environment if disposed of inappropriately.
The department is funding the pilot program for the recycling of power tool batteries—Power Tool Batteryback, an initiative of the Australian Battery Recycling Initiative (ABRI). The ABRI is a not-for-profit organisation comprising membership of battery manufacturers, recyclers, retailers, government bodies (including the department), and environment groups—with the aim of promoting the collection, recycling and safe disposal of all batteries.
From 6 September 2015 until 30 June 2016 any power tool battery type or brand, weighing less than 500 grams can be returned—free of charge—to one of the 18 participating outlets in the Brisbane City Council area.
For further information on the store locations visit the PlanetArk website.