Please drop off used batteries (no car batteries please) at any Aldi store. The closest Aldi stores are in Wangaratta or Wodonga. The batteries will then be disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner.
The Alpine Shire Council is no longer able to collect batteries at this stage. We are working to make this service available again in the future.
Sustainability Victoria’s Household ‘Detox Your Home’ program’ enables householders to dispose of potentially dangerous household chemicals and a number of targeted products (paint, household batteries and compact florescent lights) safely and easily without harming human health or the environment.
The program has recently been remodeled with subsequent changes including 31 locations across Australia to receive a mobile collection service at the same location and time every year, and an extra 18 new permanent sites (currently 12 sites) across Victoria. The permanent sites will accept paint, appliance batteries and compact fluorescent lamps whilst the annual mobile sites will accept house hold chemicals.
The closest permanent drop off centre to the Alpine Shire will be Wangaratta. The site is expected to be operational by the end of the year. This location will also be the site for the annual chemical collection.
In this new program design, Alpine Shire will no longer receive an annual ‘Detox your home’ mobile service and therefore Council will no longer be able to offer a drop off point for appliance batteries at our three service locations at the Bright Shire Offices, My Beauty and Myrtleford Library.
Council has liaised with Sustainability Victoria at length explaining the difficulties and inconvenience this places on Alpine Shire residents who want to do the right thing by disposing of these items in an environmentally friendly way. Sustainability Victoria will be reviewing the new model and have said that they will keep this in mind when they do their review in a few months’ time. Council is hoping to reinstate the battery collection bins in the near future.
In the meantime, Council will be removing the battery bins and ask residents to please drop off their used appliance batteries at any Aldi stores. Council will advertise when the Wangaratta site is ready and operational.
For any queries please contact Sandra Light Waste Management Officer. For more information go to: http://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/detoxyourhome