About Battery Recycling
Each year, over 300 million household batteries are thrown away with ordinary waste, meaning a staggering 8,000 tonnes of batteries end up in landfill.1
Over time, the chemicals in these batteries may be toxic to the environment, potentially harming wildlife and affecting surrounding soil or waterways.
That's why ALDI, proudly supported by Planet Ark, has become the first supermarket in Australia to offer a free recycling service for household batteries in every store.
By supporting this program you’ll be doing your part to help reduce the thousands of tonnes of batteries which end up in landfill each and every year.
How it works – it's free and simple!
Simply drop your used household batteries into the recycling bin located in every ALDI store – (removing any packaging) – and you're done!
Whilst any brand of battery can be brought back, only AA, AAA, C, D and 9V sized batteries (rechargeable and non-rechargeable) are accepted through the program.
For automotive, button and other battery sizes, please visit RecyclingNearYou.com.au to find your nearest drop off point.
Have you considered rechargeable batteries? Nowadays, most rechargeable batteries, including our exclusive Activ Energy range, can be reused many times over, making them a good choice for the environment and a more affordable option compared with single use batteries.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: Is the Battery Recycling Service Free?
Answer: Yes. ALDI is offering this service totally free for our customers.
Question: Why is ALDI offering this Service?
Answer: Unlike Europe, there is no compulsory battery recycling program for household batteries in Australia. As such, over 300 million household batteries end up in landfill each year.
Question: Will this service be available in all ALDI stores?
Answer: Yes. This program will be offered in each ALDI store with a dedicated recycling bin located at the front of the store.
Question: What sizes of batteries can I bring back?
Answer: This program is designed for household batteries sizes only (AAA, AA, C, D and 9V). Provided the batteries are household sizes, any chemistry type (Alkaline, Super Heavy Duty, Lithium or Rechargeable) can be returned.
Question: How can I recycle other battery sizes?
Answer: Customers wishing to return other battery sizes (including coincell, Lantern batteries and Mobile Phone Batteries) should visit The Planet Ark Recycling Near You website RecyclingNearYou.com.au
Question: Can I bring back any brand of batteries even though I did not buy them from ALDI?
Answer: Yes. The Battery Recycling Program is available for any battery brand. You can buy high quality replacement batteries from ALDI in both disposable and rechargeable types.
Question: Is there a limit to the number of batteries I can return at one time?
Answer: No. You are welcome to return as many batteries as you want provided they are standard household sizes.
Question: What happens to the batteries after they get collected?
Answer: The batteries are collected by our specialist recycling partner, sorted into chemical types and returned to recycling plants who extract relevant materials for re-use.
¹ Battery Use, Disposal and Recycling in Australia, Planet Ark Research Report pg 7