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What to do with Used Batteries?

Updated: Mar 8, 2023


What to do with Used Batteries?

 

Battery recycling Laws vary from state-to-state and are helpful to understand while navigating through your recycling options. It is very important to manage batteries correctly according to type. Certain batteries can cause a risk to health and safety if not properly managed at the end of their lives.

Tip 1: Single-Use Batteries: Do not place batteries in municipal trash or recycling bins. The EPA recommends to send used alkaline, zinc carbon, button-cell, coin and lithium batteries to battery recyclers or check with your state & local solid waste authority.

Tip 2: Rechargeable & Automotive Batteries: Do not place batteries in municipal trash or recycling bins. Common rechargeable battery types are Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Lithium-Ion (Li-ion), Nickel Metal Hydrate (Ni-MH), Nickel Zinc (Ni-Zn) and Small-Sealed Lead Acid (Pb). Common automotive battery types are Lead-Acid and Medium & Large-Scale Li-ion. For rechargeable batteries, the EPA recommends to look for labels identifying battery chemistry and contact local recyclers near you. For automotive batteries, the EPA recommends contacting the manufacturer, automotive dealer or company that installed the Li-ion battery for handling options.



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