School battery recycling program

The MRC administers a School Battery Collection Program on behalf of the Cities of Joondalup, Perth, Vincent, Wanneroo, Stirling and the Towns of Cambridge and Victoria Park.  This initiative is supported by the Waste Authority. 

How do I get involved in the school battery recycling program?

Easy.  If you are an interested teacher, student or parent just contact us and sign up!  Schools that sign up for the program receive:

  • Metal battery collection bin with lid
  • Bin liner
  • Poster and leaflets
  • Quarterly collection and weighing of batteries with results posted on our website.

Schools are also offered the option of:
  • Assistance with launching their battery collection program at a school assembly by one of our experienced waste education staff and battery mascot.
  • Talks to teachers and their classes about batteries and other waste related issues by one of our experienced waste education staff.  

How does the school battery recycling program work?

The school collects batteries.  The batteries are placed in the metal collection bin.  When the bin is half full (a full bin is too heavy to empty easily) contact MRC and a battery collector will come out and empty the bin.  The battery collector will visit the school at least once per term, even if we haven't heard from you.

The school battery program is for your school community only, and as such, is not advertised on the MRC or Waste Authority website as a community battery collection point.

To promote the program you may hold a school based competition between classes on who can collect the most batteries each term.
The bin can be painted up in a way to suit the school.  This may be in school colours or some other design to engage students and to give them and the school some ownership of the bin and the program.

Some Educational Ideas

The battery program can easily be incorporated into many parts of the school curriculum.

  • Have collection containers in each classroom and weigh the batteries each week before emptying them into the main collection bin.

  • Line the batteries end to end and each week measure the length and transfer this onto a map.  See how long it takes you to cover the length of the freeway etc.

  • Sort the batteries into different types and record on a graph.

  • Research how batteries work or the history of the development of batteries.

  • Batteries are also an important example for demonstrating how energy can transform from one form to another.

The limit is your imagination.  If you have a good idea of an activity, let us know and we will post it on our website as an idea to share.


For further information or to request a school battery collection bin call the MRC Waste Education team.

Telephone: 9306 6350



Last Updated: 17 Oct 2019
click here to see more