We already recycle shrink-wrap used in our stores but we won’t stop there
We are committed to minimising all the waste we produce, and have proudly done so since the day we opened in 2001.
Battery Recycling at ALDI
Sending batteries to landfill can result in nasty chemicals leaking into the environment, harming local plants and wildlife and affecting surrounding soil or waterways. Since 2013, ALDI has been the first supermarket in Australia to offer a national battery recycling program for customers across all of our stores. By returning old batteries to ALDI stores, you'll be doing your part to help reduce the thousands of tonnes of batteries which end up in landfill each and every year.
Since we first launched our battery recycling program, we have recycled 351 tonnes of batteries. In 2020 alone, ALDI diverted 7.5 million batteries from landfill.
In 2021, ALDI became a member of the Battery Stewardship Council to help increase battery collection and recycling in Australia to minimise environmental, health and safety impacts of used batteries, whilst developing markets for battery derived products. We welcome the opportunity to work with the Battery Stewardship Council to encourage more Australians to recycle their batteries by continuing to provide a solution for battery recycling enabling customers to do so safely and conveniently.
B-cycle Battery Recycling Program
ALDI Australia has formally endorsed the B-cycle battery recycling program and has come on board as an accredited member of the Battery Stewardship Council. ALDI commends the Battery Stewardship Council’s efforts to raise awareness of battery recycling accredited drop-off points amongst consumers to ensure every battery is recycled in an environmentally sound manner and kept out of landfill.
With 63 per cent of Australians throwing batteries in their household garbage or recycling bins and 95 per cent saying they would take their used batteries to B-cycle if they were aware of a drop-off point, our partnership with the Battery Stewardship Council aims to help increase battery collection and recycling in Australia. This will minimise environmental, health and safety impacts of used batteries, whilst developing markets for battery derived products.
How it works - it's simple!
Simply drop your used household batteries into the B-cycle battery recycling bin located at the front of every ALDI store - (removing any packaging). Customers can return the following batteries: AAA, AA, C, D and 9V. Rechargeable and non- rechargeable are accepted.
For any batteries not covered by the scheme, including automotive and other battery sizes, please visit RecyclingNearYou.com.au to find your nearest recycling drop-off point.
Have you considered rechargeable batteries? Nowadays, most rechargeable batteries, including our exclusive Activ Energy range, can be reused many times over, making them a good choice for the environment and a more affordable option compared with single use batteries.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: Is the Battery Recycling Service Free?
Answer: Yes. ALDI is offering this service totally free for our customers.
Question: Why is ALDI offering this Service?
Answer: Unlike Europe, there is no compulsory battery recycling program for household batteries in Australia. As such, over 300 million household batteries end up in landfill each year.
Question: Will this program be available in all ALDI stores?
Answer: Yes. This program will be offered in each ALDI store with a dedicated recycling bin located at the front of the store.
Question: How can I recycle larger battery sizes?
Answer: Customers wishing to return larger battery sizes, should visit B-cycle website at B-cycle.com.au
Question: Can I bring back any brand of batteries even though I did not buy them from ALDI?
Answer: Yes. The Battery Recycling Program is available for any battery brand. You can buy high quality replacement batteries from ALDI in both disposable and rechargeable types.
Question: Is there a limit to the number of batteries I can return at one time?
Answer: No. You are welcome to return as many batteries as you want provided they are standard household sizes.
Question: What happens to the batteries after they get collected?
Answer: The batteries are collected by our specialist recycling partner, sorted into chemical types and returned to recycling plants who extract relevant materials for re-use.
Container Deposit Scheme
We’re proud to be a part of one of Australia’s largest litter reduction initiatives: customers in NSW and SA can help keep our community clean and be rewarded at the same time.
In NSW, all you have to do is take your empty, uncrushed and unbroken containers – with original label attached – to your nearest Return and Earn collection point, with every returned container earning you 10c!