Batteries - Single-Use
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
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.
Alkaline and carbon-zinc batteries:
Alkaline and carbon-zinc batteries can be thrown in the trash.
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.