recycle at ceres

Our recycle station at the CERES Visitor Centre keeps batteries, pens and other writing utensils, and printer cartridges out of landfill.

CERES encourages recycling of batteries and partners with Envirostream to recover household batteries for use in manufacturing in Australia. Envirostream is Australia’s first onshore mixed battery recycling facility. Batteries can be dropped at the Visitor Centre for collection by Envirostream for processing.

Visit Australian Battery Recycling Initiative for more battery recycling options if not listed below.
Most household batteries under 5kg can be deposited at CERES’ collection point. 
Below is a list of devices that these batteries can be found in:

  • cordless phones
  • cordless power tools
  • digital cameras
  • hearing aids
  • laptop computers
  • mobile phones
  • palm pilots
  • portable disc players
  • portable electric shavers
  • portable video games
  • remote controlled toys
  • video cameras
Facts about battery usage and disposal in Australia:
  • 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 Visitor Centre is a drop-off point for TerraCycle.

Collect up your used writing instruments and drop them off at CERES to be recycled. They will then be sent to TerraCycle to be given a second life.

Any brand of pen, felt tip, highlighter, marker, correction fluid pot (must be empty), correction tape, mechanical pencil and eraser pen regardless of their composition will be accepted.

We can’t accept glue sticks, erasers, rulers or other cutting objects that could disturb the recycling process. Please be careful not to include any of these items.

CERES has partnered with Cartridges 4 Planet Ark – 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.

Find out more: Cartridges 4 Planet Ark

Our market gardeners are always in need of rubber bands for tying vegetables and herbs together. Large, flat rubber bands are preferred. Some say that rubber can be composted, however this process takes a long time and only under optimal conditions. The CERES recycling initiative allows you to give rubber bands a second life.

Recycling Australia wide: Click here

Recycling in Moreland: Click here

Find somewhere to drop off food waste: Click here

Dealing with e-waste: Sustainability Victoria have some great tips for e-waste, click here

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