What's the easiest option?
Alkaline batteries can be disposed of in your regular trash. Rechargeable batteries can be recycled through customer take-back programs at Home Depot, IKEA, Lowes, My Organic Market, Radio Shack and Staples. They can also be taken to an HHW day at Alpha Ridge Landfill on Saturday (April-November). Visit www.rbrc.org (Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation) for details and additional locations.
Alkaline Batteries (flashlight, toy, radio)
Since 1996, these everyday batteries no longer contain the heavy metals that were considered hazardous to the environment. Therefore, these batteries can be disposed in your household trash.
There are many different types of rechargeable batteries including Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium Ion (Li-ion) and Small Sealed Lead (Pb). Rechargeable batteries contain heavy metals that should be recycled through a take-back program (Home Depot, Lowes, Staples, My Organic Market, Radio Shack) or at an HHW Collection Day at the Alpha Ridge Landfill (Saturdays Only April-November).
Button Batteries (hearing aid, watch, greeting card)
These batteries can contain mercury and silver oxide, which are hazardous to the environment and can be recycled. Please recycle these batteries through a take-back program (Home Depot, Lowes, Staples, My Organic Market, Radio Shack) or at an HHW Collection Day at the Alpha Ridge Landfill (Saturdays Only, April-November).
Lead-Acid Batteries (car, motorcycle, boat)
Recycle these batteries at the Alpha Ridge Landfill. Look for the shed at the back of Convenience Center. Acceptable lead-acid batteries also include AGM and Gel Cell, commonly found in ATVs and kid's powered vehicles.
Lithium Batteries (toy, clock, camera, calculator, laptop)
These batteries are similar to alkaline batteries, but contain lithium metal or lithium compounds and should not be disposed in your regular trash. If your battery contains lithium, it should include the word “lithium” somewhere on its body. These batteries should be recycled through a take-back program (Home Depot, Lowes, My Organic Market, Radio Shack) or at an HHW Collection Day (Saturdays Only, April-November).
Lithium laptop batteries can be recycled through take-back programs at Best Buy, Lowes, Home Depot, Staples and Radio Shack or brought to an HHW Collection Day at the Alpha Ridge Landfill (Saturdays Only, April-November). If you are recycling a laptop, please leave the battery in the laptop and place the laptop in the eCycling dumpster.
Free battery collection at your site
Call2Recycle provides FREE boxes for rechargeable batteries and cell phones. Who can be a collection site? Businesses, retailers, communities, and public agencies can participate and recycle for free. Visit www.call2recycle.org to sign-up.