Recycling & Waste

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.


Single-use batteries may also be recycled. Contact the recycle company listed below. Call to verify items accepted, hours and fees.

Recycle Companies

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