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Media Release


22nd May 2019

Household Battery Recycling

Residents across the Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council (CGRC) region are being encouraged to recycle household batteries, with an initiative from the NSW EPA and Community Recycling Centres.

Residents can source a household battery recycling box and information about recycling small batteries from both the Cootamundra and Gundagai Administration Offices.

There are a wide range of battery types, used in households, many of which contain toxic metals such as cadmium, mercury and lead. Others contain valuable materials like magnesium and zinc. Used rechargeable batteries are a hazardous waste and should not be placed in the garbage bin. This includes batteries in laptops, mobile phones, power tools and cameras.

Recycling household batteries is preferable to disposal, as most contain harmful substances. If they go to landfill they might contaminate the land or groundwater.

CGRC mayor Cr Abb McAlister supported the initiative and said he hoped residents participate.

“I encourage all residents to call into our administration offices and pick up a box and the information. We all have those small batteries from clocks, remote control units and the like, these are the types of batteries that can be recycled through this program,” Cr McAlister said.