The best option, when trying to keep batteries out of landfills, is to choose rechargeable batteries. Depending on the frequency of use, proper handling, and charging, the average AA rechargeable battery can be recharged up to 1,000 times! See below for ways to recycle all types of batteries.
Lead-Acid Batteries - Automotive
Retailers are required to accept a used battery in exchange for a newly purchased battery. If you want to get rid of a battery without buying a new one, ask a retailer if they will accept it (fees may apply), or take it to the following location (call to confirm hours and ask about fees):
Rechargeable Household Batteries
Recycle at Rechargeable Battery Recycling Company (RBRC) location if you have cell phones or rechargeable batteries weighing less than 11 lbs/5kg each. (Locate a drop-off location near you)
Single-Use/Non Rechargeable Batteries
Single-use alkaline batteries do not have hazardous characteristics and can be safely disposed of in your trash. Alkaline batteries can be recycled, but recovery of the materials currently exceeds their market value. Consequently, fees apply for most recycling options, with the exception of WITS locations. The various Batteries Plus locations accept single-use batteries for a small fee, or use the following mail back options which also have fees:
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