Household Batteries

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

 

Household Batteries

 

Do you know how to safely dispose of batteries? Several options are available and listed below for a variety of battery types.

 

Alkaline and Carbon Zinc Batteries 

These everyday household batteries can now be thrown in with trash, however, these batteries can be shipped to reclamation companies through NRRA where the batteries are put in a smelter where certain metal oxides are recycled out of the batteries. Examples: Alkaline; Carbon Zinc (9-volt, AA, AAA, C & D) – please contact NRRA for options.

If opt to throw away, individual batteries MUST be taped on the positive ends or individually bagged as a fire prevention measure.

 

Button Cell Batteries

 Most small, round “button cell” type batteries found in items such as watches and hearing aids contain mercury, silver, cadmium, lithium, zinc or other heavy metals. Button cells are increasingly targeted for recycling because of the value of recoverable materials, their small size and their easy handling relative to other battery types. These have a high mercury content and should be kept out of the waste stream.  Send with fluorescent bulbs through NRRA as a Universal Waste OR through your Household Hazardous Waste Collection (be sure to compare costs).

Examples: Mercuric-Oxide (button - some cylindrical and rectangular); Silver Oxide;

Zinc-air (button cells); sign up at www.call2recycle.org to receive collection boxes with individual bags included (cost to this program)

 

Rechargeable Batteries

Call2Recycle® (aka RBRC), a non-profit public service organization, targets four kinds of rechargeable batteries for recycling: Nickel Cadmium (NiCd), Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH), Lithium Ion, Lithium Polymer and small-sealed lead acid (must say rechargeable and weigh no more than 2 lbs.) such as Absorbed glass mat (AGM) or Gel Battery (“Gel Cell”).

Communities, retailers, businesses and public agencies can recycle their rechargeable batteries for FREE. If not already participating, sign up at www.call2recycle.org to receive FREE collection boxes with individual bags included.

A 10 minute safety course must be completed prior to receiving boxes.

 

Lithium Batteries

Bring to Household Hazardous Waste Collection or sign up at www.call2recycle.org to receive collection boxes with individual bags included (cost to this program).

Examples: Lithium (9-volt, AA, C coin, Button, Rectangular).

A 10 minute safety course must be completed prior to receiving boxes.

 

Small Lead Acid, Gel Cell & UPS (uninterruptible power source) Batteries

These can be included with Car/Truck Lead Acid Batteries – place in center of larger batteries on cardboard layered pallet.

Contact NRRA Member Services for current picked up or delivered pricing at (603) 736-4401.

 

Damaged Batteries 

Call2Recycle offers a kit for damaged batteries (if stored improperly can cause a fire);

Go to: https://www.call2recycle.org/store-ddr/ to purchase a kit.

A 10 minute safety course must be completed prior to receiving boxes.

 

 Batteries Can be Shipped Separately or Along with Electronics

Please contact Member Services at NRRA at (603) 736-4401 for questions or assistance.  

If you are already an NRRA Member, feel free to request a pick up using our online form below.

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