See the How to Recycle Your Household Batteries factsheet (pdf).
Each year, American consumers buy, use and throw away billions of batteries. Some batteries contain toxic metals such as mercury, lead and cadmium, which can pose a potential threat to human health and the environment if improperly disposed.
Batteries should be recycled. Recycling keeps heavy metals out of landfills and the air. Recycling also conserves resources because the metals recovered from batteries can be used to make new products.
Hennepin County accepts all types of household batteries at the following locations:
Batteries are collected from households only; no batteries are accepted from businesses.
See the A to Z How-to-Get-Rid-of-It Guide for more disposal information.
Many products we use every day have batteries. Remember that anything that makes sounds, lights up or turns on without being plugged in contains a battery.
Common products that contain batteries include:
Rechargeable batteries can be recharged 500 to 1,000 times. Once they wear out, a recycling facility can take them apart to recover the metals. Although the initial cost of rechargeable batteries is higher, you will save money and reduce waste in the long run.
Hennepin County has partnered with the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) since 1996 to recycle more than 280,000 pounds of rechargeable batteries. RBRC offsets the collection and recycling costs of rechargeable batteries collected through Hennepin County’s battery recycling program.
In 2012, Hennepin County is participating in a pilot non-rechargeable battery recycling program with the Corporation for Battery Recycling, a non-profit comprised of the five major primary battery manufacturers in the North American market (Duracell, Energizer, Kodak, Rayovac and Panasonic). The Corporation for Battery Recycling is covering the costs of recycling non-rechargeable batteries collected through the county’s battery collection program.
Batteries from businesses are not accepted at Hennepin County battery recycling locations. See managing universal wastes and our commercial hazardous waste pages for information on managing batteries from a business.
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