Chemical safety and biosafety

OECD's Directory of Nickel-Cadmium Battery Collection Facilities



NICKEL-CADMIUM BATTERIES, which are found in a variety of applications including cordless and cellular phones, power tools, household appliances, hobbies and games, camcorders and computers, CAN BE RECYCLED in a number of countries.









Locations, by country, where used batteries can be dropped-off .

Nickel-cadmium (NiCd) collection and recycling programs have been established in many OECD Member countries, providing opportunities for both general consumers and industrial users to ensure that their spent batteries will be recycled and the environment protected. Nickel-cadmium batteries, both the portable rechargeable consumer types and larger industrial cells (aircraft, railroad, electric vehicle, telecommunications, standby power and emergency lighting), may be collected and recycled through a wide variety of mechanisms. The programs listed below may be very broad and cover many take-back routes or be very narrowly focused and collect only one type of battery for one application. The various collection programs may include:

  • Municipal and Local Government Collection Programs
  • Consumer Mail Back Programs
  • Retail Outlet Return Programs
  • Institutional User Collection Programs
  • Industrial Hazardous Waste Collectors
  • Federal Government Collection Programs
  • Battery Manufacturer Return Programs
  • Battery User Return Programs

OECD has carried out work to help countries and industry establish programmes for the collection and recycling of nickel-cadmium batteries. One of the main products of this work is a listing of elements found in a successful collection programme ( PDF) and other actions that will facilitate better collection and recycling rates.


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