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Recycle at CERES

CERES partners with Envirostream to recover household batteries for use in manufacturing in Australia. Batteries can be dropped at the Visitor Centre for collection by Envirostream for processing.

Battery Facts

  • Total amount of handheld battery requiring disposal each year in Australia is 18,000 tonnes is equivalent to approximately 730 Million AA obsolete batteries every year.
  • Australia lags behind the developed world for battery recycling at less than 5% recovery. This figure is approximately 3% or 500 tonnes of batteries are collected and recycled.
  • which sees the remaining 17,500 TONNES of batteries discarded into landfill EACH YEAR.
  • Batteries should not go into any bin. They pollute landfills and contaminate co-mingled recycling bins.
  • Batteries contain heavy metals that can pollute land and waterways when disposed of inappropriately.
  • Batteries contain valuable materials such as steel, copper, aluminium, nickel, cobalt and lithium which now can be recovered in Australia for the first time.
  • Recovered materials go back into the general manufacturing sector and as an input into the manufacture of new batteries.
  • Victorian Government has banned batteries (and all e-waste) from landfill from 1 July 2019.

CERES Visitors Centre is a drop-off point for Zoos Victoria They’re Calling on You phone recycling program.

Zoos Victoria is committed to helping Australians become smarter phone users. Mobile phones donated to They’re Calling on You raises much needed funds for primate conservation and reduces the demand for conflict minerals, such as coltan.

Zoos Victoria is working with conservation partners, Gorilla Doctors, who are protecting gorillas in the wild by securing their numbers through medical care, saving a species one patent at a time. Funds generated through the refurbishment and resale of old mobile phones through our recycling partners, PhoneCycle, support both Gorilla Doctors work in Africa and Zoos Victoria’s conservation programs.

‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’ is an innovative recycling program that provides Australians with a free, easy and environmentally-accredited way to recycle their used printer cartridges.

As cartridges are made up of a complex mix of plastics, metal, inks and toners they represent a significant investment in resources.  When they are disposed of into landfill these resources are lost.

That’s why CERES has joined Planet Ark and Close the Loop to become involved in the ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’ program. This program collects and returns cartridges for re-manufacturing and recycling – therefore keeping them out of landfill.

The team at Joe’s Garden are always in need of bands to tie herbs together. Too many rubber bands go into landfill and don’t biodegrade. Some people claim that rubber can be composted, however this process takes a long time and only under optimal conditions. Bring your bands – big and small – to the CERES Visitor Centre, and we’ll put them to good use.

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CERES is currently unable to take e-waste from the public. Please check Sustainability Victoria‘s website for info on where and what to recycle.

PLEASE NOTE: CERES is currently unable to take light globes for recycling. To find your nearest light globe recycling facility please go to