Recycling & Waste

Batteries (All Types)

Definition

This post refers to ALL types of batteries, including single-use and rechargeable batteries.

For more information on car batteries, click here.

For detailed information on battery management, including swollen or damaged batteries, visit the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s fact sheet.

Legal Considerations

It is illegal to put vehicle batteries and rechargeable batteries in the trash.

Disposal

Bring ALL TYPES of batteries to the household hazardous waste collection sites for free.

Follow these steps to prepare batteries:

  • Step 1: Put a small piece of tape over the positive and negative ends of each battery. Use clear packing tape, electrical tape or duct tape. Do not use masking or painters tape. Alkaline (common, single-use) batteries don’t require taping, but if you’re not sure what type of battery you have, tape it anyway.
  • Step 2: Place taped batteries in a plastic tub with a loose-fitting lid. Store the batteries in a cool, dry location that is out of reach of children until you are ready to recycle them.
  • Step 3: Bring batteries to the household hazardous waste collection sites for free.

Recycle

Do not put batteries of any kind in your curbside recycling bin.