Two AA pencil batteries

Non-Rechargeable Battery

A, AA, AAA, C, D, 6V, 9V, Alkaline/carbon based batteries

There are two types of batteries - primary (disposable) and secondary (rechargeable).  Primary batteries are designed to be used once and discarded when they are exhausted.  Secondary batteries are designed to be recharged and used multiple times.  

Did you know ... Batteries can potentially pollute lakes and streams if burned, and can leak heavy metals into the soil. 


You can reduce the need for non-rechargeable batteries.  Rechargeable batteries can be purchased for use in most appliances i.e. digital cameras, torches, remote controls etc.  Before you purchase an electrical device, research what type of batteries it takes and whether they are recyclable.

Solar powered technology is advancing and solar powered products are becoming more widely available i.e. solar powered backpack that charges your mobile phone, laptop and MP3 player is already available.


The landfill does not accept lithium-ion batteries due to their hazardous nature and potential risk of fire.

Please do not dispose of these in the general waste.