Never Throw in the Trash
Batteries are banned from the trash because they contain metals and other toxic and corrosive chemicals that can leach into the environment. All batteries, including sizes AAA, AA, C, and D, need to be disposed of as Household Hazardous Waste.
Alternative Ways to Recycle
The Battery Solutions Recycling Program
Battery Solutions offers battery recycling kits and services to businesses, municipalities, and residences. Their programs aim to help people recycle their batteries properly and conveniently. Learn more.
The Big Green Box Battery Recycling Program
The Big Green Box is a mail-in battery recycling program for both residences and businesses. Their system is simple: order a box, fill it up with your used batteries, and then ship it back to the company’s EPA-approved recycling center. Learn more.
Ways to Reduce
Buy Rechargeable Batteries
Most single-use batteries can be replaced by rechargeable ones. Consider switching batteries so you can reduce how much hazardous waste you generate. Today’s rechargeable batteries are even made to have the same battery life as single-use ones.
Conserve Battery Life
Turn off battery-powered devices when not in use and avoid exposing electronics to cold conditions to get as much use possible from batteries.