Did you know you can recycle your automotive, marine, and deep cycle batteries at no cost with RACQ? Recycling your batteries is a small way you can make a big difference to Queensland's beautiful natural environment by saving them from landfill, where they corrode over time and leak highly toxic fluid.
Collected by our roadside operations inFY 2023
From the car batteries collected in FY 2023
We’ll recycle your old battery at no cost to you.
Drop your battery off at one of 140 locations across Queensland.
At RACQ, we accept a wide range of batteries, including:
Not sure if your battery can be recycled? Call your nearest RACQ Battery stockist to find out.
Recycling batteries uses very specialised equipment and technical knowledge, and the process varies depending on the type of battery being recycled. The basic steps for recycling lead batteries (the most common batteries) are, however, straightforward.
The batteries are broken into pieces and placed in a vat, where the metal materials sink, the plastic floats, and the liquids are drawn off.
The plastic pieces are rinsed and sent to a plastic recycling facility to be melted and reused.
The lead components are cleaned and melted in a furnace. This molten lead is then poured into ingots, which are used to create new batteries.
The battery acid is either neutralised and turned into water, or processed and turned into sodium sulphate, a chemical that is used in a range of industries.