There's a fab new program in Melbourne, Australia, but only for a little while.
"Batteryback™ is a free service for householders to drop off old, flat and unwanted single-use and rechargeable batteries for recycling at participating retail stores.
Batteryback™ is currently a trial service to collect data about the waste stream and is currently being trialled to gain data of the waste stream and gauge community response.
Batteryback™ collections will cease on 30 June 2011. The information collected through
Batteryback™ will help to determine the future of an industry-wide battery collection model." Reference: resourceSmart