questionswhere do i recycle alkaline batteries?


Single-use batteries contain materials that are both recyclable and considered hazardous. You can drop them off at a household hazardous waste (HHW) facility or participate in the many mail-in or take-back programs that are available.

type in your location and search for a recycling center!


I think best buy might also have a box in the front to recycle them. I know I saw one for phones and stuff last time I was there. Don't remember if there's one for batteries. But nothing a simple phone call can't answer.

Or what drsilentg said ^^


Call your community's land fill and ask about hazmat-safe sites. My city has a specific location that accepts batteries, old paint in cans, and other stuff that shouldn't be put into a landfill.


In addition to the other suggestions, contact Staples or Office Depot. I know they take old phones and certain batteries (typically rechargeable, I believe). If they can't take them, they might be able to put you in touch with another party who can.


Your local public school may accept them. The school will sell (for pittance) whatever they collect. Every little bit helps.


@thedogma: Staples will not accept alkaline batteries.

They will take many other things like house phones, old cell phones, computers, laptops etc..

Here's a link to what they will and will not take

Most of what I see coming in for recycling is usually printers.


modern alkaline batteries have miniscule amounts of toxins, if your landfill accepts them, put them in the damn trash.


If you buy a reputable brand of battery, it is safe to dispose of them in the trash as long as you don't save up a bunch and throw them all away at once.

Also, you should be aware this exists:
They never hold the same length of charge as the original one, but they're still good for remotes and other stuff that uses a small amount of power inside the home.


Best Buy does have a bin at the entrance that will take any & all of the alkaline batteries that you may have. Save them up in one of those padded envelopes that Amazon sends DVDs & Blu Rays in. Then when you visit your local & "beloved" Best Buy dump them in. No purchase is necessary - so cruise the aisles get some ideas, leave, mission accomplished.


I also drop mine off at a local HHC facility.


The trash, only things like Lithium, NiCad, NiMh and Lead Acid batteries need to be recycled Alkaline and Zinc batteries can be disposed of in your local trash.
I worked for a company and would collect batteries from disposal boxes, Alkaline and Zinc batteries would just be thrown in the trash, when I asked why not tell people to just recycle the bad batteries I was told most people wouldn't know the difference and might throw away the bad ones, better to error on the side of safety. Especially hard to tell on some button batteries which can be zinc, alkaline or Lithium. Lithiums are generally quite flat and look like a coin where the other two are thicker and smaller diameter.


Alkaline batteries recycling options depends on your location.

California is the only state that requires alkaline battery recycling and offers a lot of recycling locations. For example, retailers that sell alkaline batteries must accept them for recycling.

Other states do not provide any municipal/county alkaline batteries recycling options, because there's no funding to process them -- the batteries collected just end up in landfills or are incinerated. But, some local businesses might accept them.

So, in most places this leaves mail-in recycling. Two of the least expensive mail-in options are:
You can also contact battery manufacturers about possible 'take back' program.

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