Power Tool Batteries

Power Tool Battery Back

Power Tool Batteryback is a free pilot program, running in Brisbane, designed to collect and recycle used power tool batteries as a way of measuring the demand and structure of a future, permanent program. It will run until the end of June 2016 (subject to the available project budget and collection target).

How Does it Work?

As a power tool battery user, the program is straightforward:

  • You collect your old power tool batteries (any brand name) that weigh less than 500 grams. There is no limit on the number of batteries accepted.
  • Find a participating Bunnings, Masters or TradeTools store in Brisbane (see map below).
  • Drop them into the specially marked bins completely free of charge to you.

As an incentive to recycle your old power tool batteries the participating Masters stores are offering a 15% discount on the purchase of new power tools when you return a battery for recycling.  (Excludes garden power and mowers).

Win a Bosch Tool Kit

As this is a pilot, we are looking for feedback from customers. Simply complete this short 2-minute survey and you could win one of ten Bosch three piece 10.8V kits with tool bag, valued at $199 each! Terms and conditions apply.

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Why Recycle and What Happens?

More than 3 million used power tool batteries (around 2,010 tonnes) reached the end of their life in 2012-13. Less than 3% of handheld batteries are recycled. Batteries contain toxic materials such as lead, mercury and cadmium and pose a risk to human health and the environment if disposed of inappropriately.

The batteries collected are safely transported to a specialist facility operated by MRI where they are sorted by chemistry (or battery) types. Depending on battery chemistry, they are transported to local and overseas recyclers under strict standards, guidelines and approvals where they are processed and the materials recovered.

Pilot Arrangements

Power Tool Batteryback is an initiative of the Australian Battery Recycling Initiative (ABRI), and is funded by the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.

ABRI is a not-for-profit association, made up of industry, government and environment groups, and was established in 2008 to promote responsible environmental management of batteries at end of life.

ABRI members – Planet Ark, EcoActiv, MRI and Australia Post are working together to deliver the program on behalf of ABRI.

Find recycling options for other household electrical items including single-use batteries

Find a commercial recycling service for your workplace or business for over 80 different materials at BusinessRecycling.com.au.

More information

  • Call 1800 489 278
  • Email batteryback@infoactiv.com.au