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Last modified: 04 Feb 2022 4:46pm

Batteries placed in kerbside bins are a fire hazard, they can and do catch fire in the rubbish trucks and at the Pines Resource Recovery Park. Already this year there have been two fires from batteries, one at the Pines Resource Recovery Park and another in one of our trucks, which led to seven tonnes of recycling having to be diverted to landfill.
In Selwyn we have a free battery recycling programme. Batteries can be dropped off at the Pines Resource Recovery Park, Darfield Library, New World Lincoln, and New World Rolleston.Photo of two battery recycling station units
We accept household quantities of the following battery types:

  • Lithium-ion (used in laptops, mobile phones, tools)
  • Alkaline, dry cell and zinc (used in flashlights, radios, remote controls, smoke detectors)
  • Button cell/coin (used in watches, hearing aids)
  • Nickel-cadmium (used in portable electronics, tools, toys)
  • Nickel-metal hydride (used in digital cameras, laptops,
    mobile phones)

Find out more about the types of batteries that can be dropped off and what happens to them at