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About Batteries

Learn more about the types of batteries being used and how best to manage them.

Used Lead Acid Batteries (ULAB)


  • Mature technology.
  • Commonly used in automobiles.


  • Lead, lead oxide, sulphuric acid, plastics (PP)


  • Exposure to lead, a toxic substance that can cause a wide variety of serous health effects, particularly in children
  • Fire: if damaged or terminals short circuit
  • Acid related injuries: if acid spills
  • Corrosion
  • Heavy lifting
  • Disposal to landfill can result in local environmental contamination

Storage of used button cell batteries in the home

  • Cover terminals with tape to prevent short circuit and minimise risk of fire
  • Store out of reach and stored out of each of children
  • Keep upright
  • Take care when lifting


  • Used lead acid batteries (ULAB) are recyclable
  • Materials contained in ULABs have a commercial value.
  • Close to 100% of the materials can be recycled and there is a well-established infrastructure for collection and recycling.
  • Plastics and electrolyte (H2SO4) are also recovered.
  • Collection from remote areas is less commercially viable due to the cost of transport.

Collection rate

  • Currently we collect about 90% of used lead acid batteries in Australia for recycling

Recycling rate

  • 99%

Legal requirements (Always check your own legal requirements as these vary from state to state)



UN Number

  • Batteries, wet, filled with acid: 2794
  • Batteries, wet, non-spillable: 2800 (sealed)


  • Century Yuasa Batteries
  • Pacific Marine
  • The remainder are imported.

Health and safety

Packaging for transport