Recycling & Waste

Batteries - Rechargeable


Types of rechargeable batteries include:

  • Nickel cadmium (Ni-Cd): commonly found in cordless power tools, cordless phones, digital and video cameras, two-way radios, biomedical equipment or professional video cameras.
  • Lithium ion (Li-ion): commonly found in cell phones, cordless power tools, cordless phones, digital cameras, two-way radios, laptops, tablets and e-readers.
  • Nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH): commonly found in cell phones, cordless power tools, digital cameras and two-way radios.
  • Nickel zinc (Ni-Zn): commonly found in digital cameras, wireless keyboards and small electronics.
  • Small sealed lead acid (Pb): commonly found in mobility scooters, fire emergency devices, hospital equipment and emergency lighting.

More information: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency fact sheet

Legal Considerations

It is illegal to throw rechargeable batteries in the trash.


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

Bring rechargeable batteries to the household hazardous waste collection sites for free. Rechargeable batteries that cannot be removed from a piece of equipment are also accepted.

Tape both terminals (positive and negative ends) of the battery to prevent fires.

You can also use Call2Recycle (below) to find additional drop-off locations.

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