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Topic # 224080 1-Nov-2017 17:59
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I'm trying to safely dispose of two old electric toothbrushes belonging to my parents, both of which have NiCd batteries which you can't just toss in the bin. However, finding out what you can do to get rid of them is almost impossible, there's lots of links to general recycling guidelines, broken links, council regulations, 404s, commercial recycling centres, and missing web pages. They all seem intended for people getting rid of stuff by the trailerload, with no specific information "take the thing to this place and drop it off". And even in that case, there's no sure indication that the place you're taking it to won't just toss it in the bin, after charging you for it.



Does anyone know of somewhere (in Auckland) where I can drop off two NiCds without having to pay for a trailer's worth of stuff?



And to the council(s): It's easy enough to say "don't throw these items in the bin", but if it's this painful for J.Random citizen to get rid of them then they are just going to end up in the bin for most people.

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  Reply # 1893948 1-Nov-2017 22:38
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The council website suggests Altham Batteries in Mt Roskill, not sure if there's a cost - but best to call first in case the council website is wrong.

Failing that, you could try contact the manufacturers to determine best way to recycle.

There's always the advise the council hotline provided me once ... "just put it in a plastic bag and put it in the rubbish" .... Sigh.

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  Reply # 1893951 1-Nov-2017 22:43
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e waste thing this weekend somewhere on the shore. I would be taking to that.




I will be taking a few things to it so can get them off you at curry if you want.




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  Reply # 1893958 1-Nov-2017 23:06
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e waste thing this weekend somewhere on the shore. I would be taking to that.



Ah, what a coincidence, that'd do it. They take NiCds, just charge $1 for it which is OK.

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