How to recycle/dispose of batteries

Put dry cell and alkaline batteries into your normal trash. These are often found in flashlights, toys, and appliances.

Which batteries need special disposal?

Batteries needing special disposal include these types:

  • Lithium batteries
  • lithium-ion betteries
  • nickel-cadmium batteries
  • lead acid (vehicle) batteries
  • uninterruptible power supplies (personal & network)
  • tool batteries

Do not dispose of these battery types in your regular trash.

Where can I take button, and small and large rechargable batteries?

If the batteries are from your take them to this place
home

Household Hazardous Waste dropoff at the Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station at no charge. Or, use the Call2Recycle drop-off locator to find participating retailers.

business or organization (Small Quantity Generators only) Ecowise drop-off at the Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station; the Ecowise fee schedule applies. Or, use the Call2Recycle drop-off locator to find participating retailers.

The safest methods of transporting these batteries are to protect terminals by

  • placing each battery individually into a plastic bag, or
  • taping the ends with masking tape or another non-metallic tape.

When carrying small batteries in your pocket, do not mix them with coins and house keys.

Where can I take lead acid/vehicle batteries?

We accept lead acid, or vehicle, batteries, from residents, businesses, and organizations at no charge at our Household Hazardous Waste dropoff at the Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station.

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