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.

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.

Recycle Companies

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