Environmentally-friendly battery disposal now easier in Coolum

Coolum Community Native Nursery has introduced a convenient public battery disposal bin on site. Nursery manager Jake Hazzard will also accept (separately stored) car batteries for recycling. He is pictured (RHS) with Coolum District Coast Care members, Barbara and Jill.

Still disposing of your old batteries in the regular rubbish? Well, if you’re close to Coolum, there’s now a convenient, environmentally-friendly way to get rid of your used batteries so they don’t end up as dangerous landfill.
Coolum Community Native Nursery now has a Battery World battery bin permanently located on site and residents are invited to make use of the bin free of charge, safe in the knowledge that all disposed materials will be re-used where possible, rather than contaminating landfill.
Although batteries are recyclable, according to ‘Clean Up Australia’ 97% of the discarded resource ends up as landfill.
“Over 8,000 tonnes of batteries go into landfill each year,” said Coolum Community Native Nursery Manager, Jake Hazzard.
“Dead batteries of any kind, including mobile phone batteries, laptop computer batteries and old re-chargeable batteries can go in the bin.
Adding to the convenience, Jake said that although dead car batteries can’t be put in into the bin, they can be dropped at the nursery.
Car batteries can also be dropped at the nursery, but not put in the battery bin,” he said.  “We will store them on a wooden pallet and Battery World will collect and recycle these also.
Battery World reports batteries as one of the most dangerous common waste items discarded by Australian households, with many made from heavy metals and harmful elements such as nickel, cadmium, lead and mercury, which all have the potential to pollute soil and water, harming wildlife and humans.
Over 90% of the materials in mobile phones, batteries and chargers can be recycled. But, if they’re not handled well at the end of their life, they can be a threat to the environment. Any mobile phones, their batteries or accessories collected by Battery World are passed onto Mobile Muster for recycling.
So, why not make 2013 a year to de-clutter your life and ensure all your household’s old batteries are recycled efficiently.
You can drop used batteries into the Coolum Community Native Nursery (located on Warran Road, Yaroomba) Tuesday to Friday between 7:30am and 3:30pm, or 8:30am to 12:30pm on Saturday.
While you’re there, why not pick up a few native plants to spruce up the garden after the recent rain?