It is illegal to place batteries in your waste bins. Batteries should be disposed of as hazardous waste. They can spark fires or create an unsafe environment for waste workers. If properly collected, battery recyclers can repurpose the metal.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection
Batteries can be taken to a special drop-off site for Household Hazardous Waste. Click here to find your city or county’s designated e-waste and/or Household Hazardous Waste drop-off site or collection event.

Storage tips to avoid short-circuiting and fires.

  • Place a piece of non-conductive tape or duct-tape on the ends. Do not cover the brand name or chemistry of the battery.
  • Store batteries in a container that does not conduct electricity (like plastic, cardboard, or glass).

Hazardous Waste

Electronic Waste