Introduction to project

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This survey is undertaken by the Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) at the University of Technology Sydney. This survey is part of the New Business Models for Battery Recycling project conducted by the Australian Battery Recycling Initiative (ABRI) and funded by NSW Environmental Trust.

The survey focuses on the child safety aspects and recycling of button and coin cell batteries. Around twenty children present to an emergency department each week in Australia with an injury related to a button/coin cell. Ingestion can be fatal or cause serious injury due to the chemical reaction caused by residual charge in the battery. The recycling rate for used household batteries in Australia is currently very low (less than 3%), so the vast majority of these end up in landfill.This survey will be used to inform the development of a pilot project on recycling of batteries and to inform a national program. 

This survey will take around 10-15 minutes and ask questions about how batteries are used, stored and disposed of in your household. In this survey we are talking about household batteries. This includes the following types:


By Gerhard H Wrodnigg - Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5,

BUTTON/COIN CELL BATTERIES<br><br><span style="font-size: 8pt;">By Gerhard H Wrodnigg - Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5,</span>

Including rechargeable and single use, AAA, AA, C, D, 6 volt, 9 volt batteries

By Lead holder - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

OTHER TYPES OF HOUSEHOLD BATTERIES<br>Including rechargeable and single use, AAA, AA, C, D, 6 volt, 9 volt batteries<br><br><span style="font-size: 8pt;">By Lead holder - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,</span>
When we refer to both types of batteries in the survey (button/coin cells and other types of batteries) we use the term “household batteries”.

Your participation will involve a survey on your current behaviours relating to batteries, and will take approximately 10-15 minutes depending on your level of interest. If you have any concerns or questions about the research you can contact Dr Damien Giurco ( or Elsa Dominish ( at the Institute for Sustainable Futures.

You are free to withdraw your participation from this research project at any time without giving a reason. The research data gathered from this project will be published in a form that does not identify you in any way.

Research ethics for projects conducted within Australia

Studies undertaken by the Institute for Sustainable Futures have been approved in principle by the University of Technology Sydney, Human Research Ethics Committee. If you have any complaints or reservations about any aspect of your participation in this research you may contact the ISF Ethics Coordinator, Dr Keren Winterford (02 9514 4972) or the ISF Deputy Director, Professor Cynthia Mitchell (02 9514 4953).

You may also contact the UTS Ethics Committee through the Research Ethics Officer (02 9514 9615). Any complaint you make will be treated in confidence and investigated fully and you will be informed of the outcome.