Where do they go?

Recycling process of Alkaline and Zinc-Carbon Batteries

Where do battery collections go?

All of our battery collections are transferred through WasteCare's national network of service centres and eventually arrive at WasteCare's battery recycling centre in Halifax.

At this site, the batteries are sorted into different chemistries such as alkaline, nickel cadmium (NiCad), nickel metal hydride (NiMH), lead acid, lithium metal and lithium ion.

The sorting process also allows all non-battery material to be removed, such as general litter, water filters, ink cartridges and bulbs and recycled where possible.

The recycling process

Alkaline batteries are recycled at Halifax in our own plant. The batteries are fed into a crusher and then the crushed material is separated into ferrous (iron), paper and plastic, and metal rich "black mass" fractions using separation technologies.

The ferrous fraction is easily recyclable at a local recycling facility.

The black mass is packaged safely and then sent to one of Revatech's facilities in Belgium where it undergoes chemical and then thermal treatment to recover the zinc and manganese. The overall recycling rate is well above the minimum European requirement of 50%.