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How to recycle / dispose batteries

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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 batteries
  • 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 batteries for special disposal?

Button, and small and large rechargeable batteries

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.

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.

Locations accepted

  • Transfer Station
  • Curbside Collection

Material type

  • Trash
  • Other