Recycling rechargeable batteries

Some of the most common rechargeable battery chemistries include nickel cadmium (NiCd), nickel metal hydride (NiMH) and lithium ion (Li-ion). These rechargeable batteries are used to power many of the devices around your home like laptops, tablets, cameras, tools and cordless phones, as well as the device you never leave at home, your cell phone.

While these rechargeable batteries power some of our favorite modern amenities, they need special care when they reach the end of their useful life. In some states, such as California, Delaware, Florida, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York and Vermont, there are laws in place prohibiting rechargeable batteries being placed in the trash. Many more states are in the process of putting similar laws in place. It’s important we all do our part to keep these rechargeable batteries out of landfills, and we’re here to help make it easy.

Recycling single-use batteries

Alkaline and other non-rechargeable, single-use batteries can be recycled, but there may be a charge to recycle them. Since alkaline batteries are no longer made with mercury, they are safe to dispose of in landfills in all US states except California and alkaline battery recycling is strongly encouraged in Vermont.