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A guide to safely disposing lithium batteries

From watches and phones to remote control toys, lithium batteries power a variety of devices in the home and garage. Chamberlain’s range of trusty garage door remotes are also fitted with lithium batteries.

On average, lithium batteries last two to three years, and while they’re a commonly used product, many Aussies don’t know how to safely dispose of them. It’s a good bet you’ve likely thrown your lithium batteries in the recycling or garbage bin, which is a big no-go!

Making sure to dispose of these batteries immediately and safely is very important! Lithium batteries have become an industry standard, and are very safe to use, however, if thrown in the trash, there is a slight risk they may produce sparks. These sparks could start fires in garbage trucks or recycling facilities.

In addition, it’s also important to note that flat batteries (like the ones used in our remotes) still pose similar hazards if swallowed or placed inside any part of the body. Regardless of whether they are old or new batteries, taking the right precautions will keep you and your family safe!

That’s why we’ve prepared this how-to guide to responsibly and efficiently dispose of these batteries.

How to safely dispose of lithium batteries

Lithium batteries need to be brought to a battery recycling facility that can deal with the batteries safely. This also helps preserve the limited resource of lithium, making recycling these batteries the environmentally friendly choice as well. Always make sure that the batteries are out of reach of children.

Here are the steps you can follow to recycle your lithium batteries:

  1. To find your closest recycling facility, visit this website.
  2. Enter your postcode or region into the search function to find a list of the closest lithium battery recycling facilities. There is also an option for businesses, which helps find suitable collection or pick up service options.
  3. Once you’ve located your closest recycling facility, you can check their website or contact page to see if they accept the batteries you’re dropping off.

It’s as simple as that! Your batteries will be safely and efficiently recycled. You can be proud you’ve done your part for the safety of others and for the environment.

For more advice on your home and garage or to browse Chamberlain’s range of garage door openers and accessories, visit our website or call 1800 655 438.