Recycling & Waste

Batteries - Single-Use

Definition

Types of single-use batteries include:

  • Lithium (non-rechargeable): commonly found in cameras, computer backup systems, watches, remote controls and hand-held games.
  • Button batteries: commonly found in watches, car keyless entry remotes (car fobs), hearing aides, medical devices and calculators.
  • Alkaline and carbon-zinc: these are common household batteries and are usually found in alarm clocks, calculators, flashlights, remote controls, children's toys and radios.

More information: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency fact sheet

Disposal

Lithium and button batteries:

Do not put lithium or button batteries in the trash. Bring them to the household hazardous waste collection sites for free. Tape both terminals (positive and negative ends) of the battery to prevent fires.

Alkaline and carbon-zinc batteries:

Alkaline and carbon-zinc batteries can be thrown in the trash.

Recycle

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

Instead, bring single-use batteries to the company listed below for proper recycling. Call to verify items accepted, hours and fees. Tape both terminals (positive and negative ends) of the battery to prevent fires.

Recycle Companies

The Retrofit Companies
2960 Yorkton Blvd.
Little Canada, Minnesota, 55117