Single use Alkaline and Carbon-Zinc Batteries (AAA, AA, C, D, 6V, 9V) are wasteful, but not hazardous. Dispose with trash. If your trash goes to Covanta SEMASS, the metal is recovered.  All non-alkaline batteries contain hazardous and/or valuable materials.  Since it takes about 50 times more energy to make a battery than you get out of it, it is better to use Rechargeable Batteries.

Type of Battery

Where to Find


Where to Dispose

(AA, AAA, AAAA, D, 9-Volt)

Most commonly used batteries

Non-hazardous, hard to recycle.  May be disposed in trash.

(Small Sealed Lead** (Pb))

Cars, trucks, Industrial Equipment

Hazardous, may contain valuable materials and should be recycled

Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Nickel Zinc (Ni-Zn)

laptops, rechargeable power tools, phones, computers, digital cameras, remote control toys 

Hazardous, may contain valuable materials and should be recycled

Rechargeable.  Used in cell phones, wireless security, home automation, and illumination equipment.

Hazardous – have caused many fires.  Contain valuable materials and should be recycled

watches, hearing aids, toys, some medical devices

May contain hazardous or valuable materials and should be recycled

Where to Recycle

Call2Recycle provides the collection boxes at many retail and municipal locations for batteries commonly found in cordless power tools, phones, laptop computers, digital cameras, and remote control toys:

These events will take spent lithium batteries and button batteries.  Seal spent lithium batteries in a dry plastic bag and bring to a hazardous waste collection event.

Find a Location to drop off your recyclable batteries.

Your town may take Lithium-Ion batteries, automotive batteries.  Check to see if your town takes these and others.  Some towns may also have a Call2Recycle Collection Box at its transfer station or recycling center.

Advance Auto Parts accepts automotive batteries

Auto Zone accepts automotive batteries

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