School battery recycling program

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

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 School Battery Recycling Program newsletter by email
  • Quarterly collection and weighing of batteries with results posted on our website and in the School Battery Recycling Program newsletter

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.

School battery collection results

In 2017, all schools involved in this program collected a fantastic 4071.5 kg of batteries. Your amazing efforts have really made a difference to waste and saved precious materials, energy and water, as well as preventing the hazardous materials in batteries from contaminating our planet.   

The three schools who collected the most batteries during 2017 are:

1.  Sorrento Primary School with 386 kg
2. Carramar Primary School with 227 kg 
3. East Butler Primary School 201 kg   

The school who jumped up the league table in term 4.

Wanneroo Primary School with 62.5 kg 

Well done!  You'll be sent your certificates of achievement shortly

Click here (PDF 64kb) to see how many batteries your school has collected so far.


Rewards and Awards 2017

It doesn’t matter if you are a big school or a small one, it is great that you are helping out and doing your bit to recycle batteries and keep them out of landfill.

Each Term we will check how many batteries have been collected and acknowledge the leading battery collecting schools by total batteries collected and batteries collected per student. Certificates, prizes and special recognition will be awarded.

We'll present the prizes for 2017’s top collecting schools in early 2018.

So, get prepared, promote your school battery collection and, who knows, you could be a winner!

Congratulations to Sorrento Primary School for winning the top prize a Smart Globe to use at your school, well done!

 Sorrento Primary School Councillors and Cathy who organised the Battery Collection Progam in 2017. 


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

Telephone: 9306 6348


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