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Battery Disposal

Mercury-Containing and Rechargeable Battery Management Act (the Battery Act)
On May 13, 1996, President Clinton signed into law the Mercury-Containing and Rechargeable Battery Management Act (the Battery Act). This Act represents a major step forward in the effort to facilitate the recycling of nickel-cadmium (Ni-Cd) and certain small sealed lead-acid (SSLA) rechargeable batteries and to phase out the use of mercury in batteries. Carbon-zinc and alkaline batteries are non-hazardous and may be safely disposed of in the regular household garbage. They may have a residual metal recycling value, but it is understood to be very small.

Battery Disposal Chart

Battery Type Sizes Available Examples of Use Disposal Classification Proper Disposal
Alkaline  (manganese)
AAA, AA, C, D, 6V, 9V
Flashlights, calculators, toys, clocks, smoke alarms, remote controls
These batteries are classified by the federal government as non-hazardous waste.
Household garbage
Carbon Zinc
AAA, AA, C, D ,6V, 9V
Flashlights, calculators, toys, clocks, smoke alarms, remote controls, transistor radios, garage door openers
These batteries are classified by the federal government as non-hazardous waste.
Household garbage
Reusable Alkaline Manganese (Rechargeable)
AAA, AA, C, D
Flashlights, calculators, toys, clocks, radios, remote controls
These batteries are classified by the federal government as non-hazardous waste.
Household garbage
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Sizes vary. C -type 3V lithium cells are today the most commonly-used type in quartz watches, calculators, small PDA devices, and computer motherboard clocks. (Type CR2032 watch battery (lithium anode, 3V, 20.0 mm × 3.2 mm). Watches, hearing aids, toys, greeting cards, remote controls
Hazardous waste
Home Chemical Collection Center
Lithium / Lithium Ion
3V, 6V, 3V button
Cameras, calculators, computer memory back-up, tennis shoes
Hazardous waste
Home Chemical Collection Center
Nickel-Cadmium (Rechargeable)
AAA, AA, C, D, 6V, 9V
Flashlights, toys, cellular phones, power tools, computer packs
Hazardous waste / Recyclable
Home Chemical Collection Center
Nickel Metal Hydride (Rechargeable) AAA, AA, C, D, 6V, 9V
Flashlights, toys, cellular phones, power tools, computer packs
Recyclable
Home Chemical Collection Center
Sealed Lead Acid (Rechargeable)
Multiples of 2 Volts: 2V, 6V, 12V
Video cameras, power tools, wheelchairs, ATV's, metal detectors, clocks, cameras
Hazardous waste
Home Chemical Collection Center
Lead Acid Vehicle Batteries
12V, 6V
Cars, trucks, motorcycles
Hazardous waste
Take back to place of purchase. Most places that sell car batteries will also accept them for recycling. There may be a fee for this service. A metal recycler may pay you for your car battery. Look in the yellow pages under "Recycling Centers" for a list of recyclers or bring to A Home Chemical Collection Center.
Silver Oxide
Sizes vary
Watches, hearing aids, toys, greeting cards, remote controls
Hazardous waste
Home Chemical Collection Center

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