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What to recycle

Rechargeable batteries can be found in many electrical and electronic products. The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Programme accepts all types of portable rechargeable batteries for recycling. Here is a list of some products that may contain dedicated rechargeable batteries:

Types of Batteries Recovered

Mobile Phones MP3/MD Players
Cordless Phones Portable CD/VCD/DVD Players
Digital Cameras Electronic Dictionaries
Video Cameras Shavers
Notebook Computers Electrical Toothbrush
Personal Digital Assistances Portable Vacuum Cleaners
Power Tools Electronic Game Sets
 

Batteries for other equipment not listed here are also suitable for recycling, provided they are portable rechargeable batteries. 

 

How to recycle

Return Rechargeable Batteries to the nearby Collection Points Recycling rechargeable batteries is FREE. Here's what you need to do:
1. Remove the rechargeable battery from the equipment.
2. Cover the battery terminal with masking tape. This is a safety precaution to prevent contact between terminals or other metal surfaces during storage and transport. Do not put damaged rechargeable batteries into the collection boxes. For batteries that are vulnerable to damage, put them in plastic bag (e.g. reuse the packaging of new batteries) and seal them with adhesive tape before deposit.
3. Bring the battery to a Collection Point for recycling.
 
You can also help to set up a collection point in your housing estate, workplace or school.
 
Where to recycle
 
1. Designated public collection points: About 650 public collection points have been set up across Hong Kong in such places as MTR stations, electronic equipment shops and convenience stores. Anyone can drop their rechargeable batteries in the specially designed bins and boxes or hand to the counter staff.
 
Stainless Steel Collection Bin Stainless Steel Collection Bin Paper Collection Bin
 
Public Collection Points
7-ELEVEN (about 20 stores)
AEON Stores (Hong Kong) Co., Ltd. (11 stores)
China Mobile Hong Kong (44 stores)
FORTRESS (about 20 stores)
Hong Kong and Kowloon Ferry (2 piers)
Inchcape HK Group (about 30 stores)
McDonald's (about 240 stores) Updates
MTRC (87 stations & 4 shopping malls) 
Pricerite  (25 stores)
The Boys' & Girls' Clubs Association of Hong Kong (34 centres)
Watsons (about 20 stores) 
Wellcome (4 stores)
Organising companies

Updates

New measures at McDonald's restaurants with effect from 1 July 2016:

1. About 240 McDonald's restaurants serve as the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Programme's designated Public Collection Points;

2. Boxes for recycled rechargeable batteries have been re-located from the lobby area of McDonald’s restaurants to restaurant manager / crew room;

3. Public who intend to deposit rechargeable batteries in McDonald’s restaurants for recycling through the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Programme may approach the restaurant staff;

4. As in the past, collected rechargeable batteries will be delivered to McDonald’s head office for collection from time to time by the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Programme contractor;

5. For enquiry or assistance, please approach the restaurant staff or McDonald's Hong Kong Customer Relations Team:
Telephone: (852) 2880 7300
*Office Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00am-1:00pm; 2:00pm-5:30pm
(Closed on Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays)

 

Public Collection Points by region
HK Island
Kowloon
 
 
 
New Territories
 
 
 
 

2. Participating estates and buildings: About 1800 housing estates, 880 commercial/industrial buildings and 250 schools provide collection services to their occupants (see list of participating estates and schools).

 

Participating Estates / Buildings

HK Island
Kowloon
 
 
 
New Territories
 
 
 
 

3. E-waste Collection Vehicle Service: The EPD's e-waste collection vehicle collects rechargeable batteries, as well as electrical appliances, computers, compact fluorescent lamps and fluorescent tubes. The vehicle visits a different district each week.

 

Flow Diagram of Battery Recovery and Recycling


The deposited batteries are collected on a periodic basis, sorted according to battery type, stored and exported for recycling (find out how rechargeable batteries are recycled).

 


Flow Diagram of Battery Recovery and Recycling

Flow Diagram of Battery Recovery and Recycling

Flow Diagram of Battery Recovery and Recycling
Flow Diagram of Battery Recovery and Recycling
 
Flow Diagram of Battery Recovery and Recycling
Flow Diagram of Battery Recovery and Recycling
Flow Diagram of Battery Recovery and Recycling
Flow Diagram of Battery Recovery and Recycling
 

 

How rechargeable batteries are recycled

Rechargeable batteries contain materials of good value that can be recovered and re-used. For example, the Cobalt (Co) in Lithium Ion batteries can be used in magnetic alloy. Nickel (Ni) and Iron, from Nickel Metal Hydride and Nickel Cadmium batteries, can be used in stainless steel; the Cadmium (Cd) can be used to make new rechargeable batteries. It therefore makes good economic sense to recycle rechargeable batteries.

Co Oxalate
Ni-Ignot
Stainless steel plate
Cd-Ignot
Co Oxalate
Ni-Ingot
Stainless steel plate
Cd-Ingot

Another reason to recycle is that some materials in rechargeable batteries, such as cadmium, are also hazardous to human health and the environment. It's better to properly collect and recover these materials rather than risk them seeping into the environment.

 

The Recycling Process

Discharge
(For lithium ion battery scraps only,
to avoid potential hazard during the recycling process)

Flow Diagram for Recycling Rechargeable Batteries

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Crush 1
(To break the plastic cases)

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Sort Plastic and Battery
(To separate plastic materials from the batteries)

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Crush 2
(To crack the surface of batteries for effective heating)

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Melt
(In an electric vacuum furnace)

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Final Product

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Packing

 
 
 
Materials Recoverable from Battery Recycling
 
 
 
Rechargeable batteries contain metals like cobalt, nickel, cadmium and iron that can be recovered by recycling.
 
 
 
Recycled nickel and iron (from Ni-Cd and Ni-MH batteries) are used in stainless steel industry for production of many industrial and domestic products.
 
 
 
 
 
Materials Recoverable from Battery Recycling
 
 
 
 
 
Recycled cobalt (from Li-ion batteries) may be used for magnet alloy, ceramics and aircraft industry.
 
         
  Materials Recoverable from Battery Recycling   Materials Recoverable from Battery Recycling  
         
 
Recycled Cadmium (from Ni-Cd batteries) is used to make new rechargeable batteries
 
 
 
 
 
Recycled Cadmium is used to make new rechargeable batteries
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Recycling Certificate of Overseas RecyclersNew
 
 
 
Recycling Certificate of Overseas Recyclers
 
Shipment on 26 July 2018 (Latest version)