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City of Ballarat Community Magazine April 2010
Recycle your dead batteries
and mobile phones
Do you have any used batteries or old mobile phones tucked away at
home and don't know what to do with them?
Each year Australians throw out around 8,000 tonnes of hazardous waste
in the form of used household batteries, which leach heavy metals into
land-fill and cause harm to the environment and wildlife. Only three per
cent is disposed of thoughtfully and recycled.
There are now several places where batteries and mobile phones can be
collected and recycled in Ballarat.
The City of Ballarat's Customer Service Centre in the Phoenix Building now
participates in a scheme which recycles household batteries and collects
and turns mobile phones into new products.
The drop-off bin accepts alkaline batteries (i.e. AA, AAA, C, D) as well as
electronic batteries such as nickel cadmium, nickel-metal hydride, lithium
ion and button cell batteries.
Automotive batteries can be recycled through the Gillies Street Transfer
The drop-off bin also accepts old, unused and obsolete mobile phones,
iPods, chargers and mobile phone accessories. Like batteries, mobile
phones can also leach heavy metals into the environment.
For a comprehensive list of what can be recycled in Ballarat and where
For more information on the Phoenix Building drop-off point, please
contact Customer Service on 5320 5500.
around Lake Wendouree
Ballarat residents and visitors to Lake Wendouree are encouraged to
recycle when visiting the precinct with the addition of 11 new public
The City of Ballarat has funded and installed the new bins around Lake
Wendouree to encourage people to dispose of recyclable waste
The new waste stations contain an ordinary rubbish bin on one side and
recycling bin on the other side. There are now a total of 27 waste stations
around Lake Wendouree, and a further seven in the Botanical Gardens
precinct, making it easier for residents and visitors to appropriately
dispose of rubbish and recyclables.
The new waste stations are a part of Council's commitment to reducing
the amount of recyclable waste that ends up in landfill.
Council estimates that 50 tonnes of recyclable waste will be diverted from
landfill each year as a result of installation of the waste stations in the
Lake and Gardens precinct.
As part of Council's continued commitment to using local suppliers, the
new bins were designed and constructed in Ballarat, providing support to
the local economy and reducing travel carbon emissions.
Additional waste stations will be installed at key locations around the city
in the future.
Above: Cr Noel Perry using the new battery and mobile phone recycling facility at
Council's Phoenix Building
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