Well done to our school community for keeping up with our battery recycling project. This is one of our Wastewise initiatives at St Emilie’s. Recently waste management at the City of Gosnells came out to empty our bin and take our battery waste to be recycled.
What happens when batteries are recycled?
After batteries are collected, they are sorted into their types and components and sent to licensed recycling facilities in Australia or overseas for processing. Recycling battery components is a complex and expensive process due to the chemistry involved.
When lead acid batteries are recycled, the lead plates are restored back to new battery standards, the sulfuric acid is converted to sodium sulfate and used in laundry detergent and fertiliser, and the plastic casing is broken down into pellets and made into new battery containers, bins, and plant pots.
The nickel-cadmium, nickel-metal hydride and lithium-ion components in rechargeable batteries can also be recycled. The recovered metals are made into other products, while the cadmium can be returned to battery manufacturers to create a fully closed loop recycling system.
Keep up your good work St Emilie’s community. The battery recycling bin is in the front admin.