Recycling & Waste

Batteries - Rechargeable

Definition

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.

Disposal

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.

Recycle

Rechargeable batteries are recyclable. Call2Recycle lists free public and retail drop-off locations according to zip code.

Recycle Companies

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