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About Batteries

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

Nickel Cadmium (NiCd)


  • Rechargeable battery
  • Used a broad range of handheld devices


  • Nickel, cadmium, steel, plastic

Risks / hazards

  • Exposure to cadmium – a toxic substance
  • Disposal to landfill can lead to 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

The photo above shows some examples of used NiMh batteries along with examples of how to protect the terminals.


  • Used Ni-Cd batteries are recyclable, with a diversion rate from landfill of over 95%.
  • Nickel, cadmium, steel & plastics are recovered

Collection rate

  • 5.5%



UN Number

  • 2795


  • None known

Legal requirements

  • Ni-Cd batteries are a controlled waste. A waste storage licence and a waste transport licence are required in most jurisdictions. Interstate transport must be tracked, and some jurisdictions require intrastate tracking as well.
  • Batteries must be packaged and transported in accordance with the Australian Dangerous Goods Code (ADG).
  • The export of used batteries requires a permit from the Australian Government.

Companies with export permits

  • Sims E-Recycling Pty Ltd
  • HydroMet Corporation Pty Ltd
  • Powercell (Australia) Trading Pty Ltd
  • Beverich Holdings International Pty Ltd T/A Reverse E-Waste
  • Waste nickel-cadmium batteries
  • MRI (Aust) Pty Ltd

Health and safety

  • Cadmium is a toxic metal. Cannot be disposed of in landfills
  • High self-discharge; needs recharging after storage