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Don’t bin it, bring it in and recycle when replacing your old batteries

Why is it important to recycle batteries?

Batteries don’t belong in the recycling bin or in your general waste bin.  Rechargeable batteries and lithium-ion batteries (including laptops, mobile phones, power tools and cameras) are hazardous and can produce sparks that may start a fire in rubbish/recycling trucks or recycling facilities. As well as the safety risk, landfill disposal of batteries also poses an environmental risk of leakage and decay of hazardous materials. 

Participating Stores 

  • Mitre 10 MEGA Silverdale - 35 Colin Chester Drive, Silverdale, Auckland 
  • Mitre 10 MEGA Henderson - 186 Lincoln Road, Henderson, Auckland 

  • Mitre 10 MEGA Westgate - 95A Northside Drive Whenuapai, Westgate 

  • Mitre 10 MEGA Papanui - 54 Harewood Road, Papanui, Christchurch 

  • Mitre 10 MEGA Cambridge - 1 Oliver Street Cambridge 3434 

  • Mitre 10 Westport - 172 Palmerston Street Westport 7825 

  • Mitre 10 MEGA Queenstown - 46 Brookes Road, Frankton, Queenstown 

  • Mitre 10 Te Anau – 15 Milford Crescent, Te Aanu 

  • Mitre 10 MEGA Wanaka - 100 Sir Tim Wallis Drive, Wanaka 9305 

  • Mitre 10 Gore - 15 Irwell Street Gore 

  • Mitre 10 Winton - 91 Great North Road, Winton 

  • Mitre 10 Invercargill - 12 Elles Road Strathern, Invercargill

Coming soon 

  • Mitre 10 MEGA Ferrymead - 1005 Ferry Road Woolston

What types of batteries can be recycled?

  • Mixed batteries
  • Alkaline - primary (single use)
  • Button cell batteries
  • Lead acid batteries (ULAB)
  • Lithium batteries - primary (single use)
  • Li-Ion batteries - secondary (rechargeable)
  • Nickel Cadmium (NiCd)
  • Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH)
  • Sodium Nickel Chloride (NaNiCl2)
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Appliance and tool batteries

Note: Mitre 10 does not accept damaged or modified batteries

What about car batteries?

Yes. Our participating Mitre 10 stores can take your car battery. We ask that you tape the contacts and place to the side of the in-store recycling unit.

For more information on battery types visit Battery Types.

How much does the service cost? 

Nothing, it’s a free service for Mitre 10 customers.

How does Mitre 10 work with its partners in this programme?  

Mitre 10 works closely with our partner E-Cycle, which manages the batteries to ensure we have a consistent process necessary for a safe and effective service to avoid landfill.

E-Cycle collects batteries for recycling from our stores, sorts them by type and places them in appropriate container according to regulations. Most batteries are exported through an EPA permit. Batteries which can’t be recycled are managed through a New Zealand provider in hazardous waste landfill.

Summary of pathways:

Alkaline/Zinc, Lithium Ion, Lithiun Ion polymer, Nickel metal hydrideExported through an EPA permit to Australia for processing and material recovery.
Any waste, damaged or rusty batteriesExtreme corrosion is managed in NZ and disposed in a hazardous waste landfill. Lightly damaged batteries are processed as above through an EPA permit to Australia.

 

Through the above pathway, over 90% of the battery will be recycled and avoid landfill. 35-50% of the battery is returned into battery manufacturing with the remainder being put into alternative technologies and uses, for example copper and aluminium are recycled separately through established metal recyclers and PE plastic is processed into road paving in Australia.

E-Cycle has audited the pathway to ensure Mitre 10’s regulatory compliance. These pathways are reviewed annually.

Other important information

Our programme is designed for residential qualities. Commercial qualities are governed as anything more than 20 batteries at one time. We ask our customers to respect this in the spirit of the programme.

Mitre 10 reserves the right to restrict or refuse the return of batteries for health and safety reasons, battery type and condition.

Mitre 10 is committed to making a real and sustainable impact on the environment, our operations, and in our communities.  We will do this by conducting our activities and business operations with the highest standard of environmental care and providing easy sustainability solutions for our customers. Our battery recycling programme is one of many initiatives enabling this commitment.