Never Throw in the Garbage
Batteries are banned from the garbage 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 hazardous waste.
Alternative Ways to Recycle
Lowe's Recycling Program
The Office Depot Battery Recycling Program
Office Depot allows consumers to bring their rechargeable batteries to any location for free recycling. Find the nearest Office Depot.
Best Buy's Electronics and Appliances Recycling Program
Best Buy will take back rechargeable batteries as well as the following: battery backups (UPS), button batteries, cellphone batteries and laptop batteries. They do not accept single-use, car or other wet cell batteries. Find out more about Best Buy’s recycling program.
Recycle With Call2Recycle
Call2Recycle is a no-cost recycling program with collection sites all across the United States and Canada. They have locations that accept devices containing lithium-ion batteries. Learn more about Call2Recycle.
Cirba Solutions Battery Recycling
Cirba Solutions offers mail-in battery recycling kits. Their programs aim to help people recycle their batteries properly and conveniently. Learn more about Cirba Solutions.
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.