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December 22, 2023 2 min read

B-Cycle: The Team Powering Up Battery Recycling in Australia…

Welcome back GFZs! 

Hold onto your chargers, eco-warriors and allow us to introduce you to Australia’s government-backed battery recycling scheme so you can keep any old batteries from hitting landfills. 

They’re called B-Cycle and they’re sparking a green revolution faster than you can say "renewable energy." In just 18 months, these legends have turbocharged battery recycling by over 30% and quadrupled public drop-off points. The scheme isn't just about recycling; it's about safety too. B-cycle's commitment extends to educating folks about battery safety, alternatives and fire prevention...

Australian Battery recycling B-Cycle

Founded by the Battery Stewardship Council (BSC) and authorised by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), B-cycle isn't just another recycling scheme—it's a full-throttle response to one of Australia's fastest-growing waste streams. With over 4,195 drop-off points across the nation, B-cycle is making it a breeze for Aussies to responsibly recycle their batteries, preventing these powerhouses of energy from haunting landfills.

Let's dive into some numbers because, hey, we love a bit of eco-nerd info to fuel our Happy Earth News! According to B-Cycle’s annual Positive Charge Report:

  • Australians have recycled a staggering 2,375,363kg of used batteries, nearly doubling the collection rate since the scheme's launch in 18 months (up from 1.258 tonnes in 2021). Well done everyone!
  • The average recovery rate of materials from batteries collected by B-cycle stands at an impressive 71.08%.
  • B-cycle has facilitated a substantial increase in battery recycling, resulting in a 30% rise in battery recycling among all Australians.
  • The scheme has quadrupled the number of public drop-off points, reaching over 4,195 locations across all states and territories.


Here is B-Cycle's list of available drop off locations, (your local Officeworks store also recycles batteries and e-waste). 

Let's set the record straight—recycling alone won't save the world, but it beats landfills. Look out for rechargeable batteries or options that require no batteries at all! 

Until next week! For now, we think you’ll love our feel-good Earth news story about Contact Lens' being recycled too, and how their packaging is set to change, enjoy! 

Much love, 

GFZ Team xx

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