Where to Recycle Spent Batteries

Christine LellisRecycling Batteries

The time comes for us all. You go to turn on your laptop or car and the battery is dead. Sometimes it’s more of a gradual thing, and your battery won’t hold a charge or provide enough power. In any case, batteries aren’t designed to last forever and now it’s time for you to get rid of it. 

If you’ve spent any time on our blog, then you already know that it’s good to recycle batteries whenever possible. So, where can you recycle spent batteries? The answer is, of course, it depends. You’ll have to make a decision based on the number and type of batteries you have.  

Household batteries

If you have a few single-use household batteries such as those found in your TV remote or a child’s toy, the decision is fairly straightforward. Most states allow you to throw away single-use batteries like AA, AAA, C, and D. Any rechargeable battery, like those found in cell phones and laptops, must be recycled. These can be taken to the nearest recycling center or a dropbox at Home Depot, Staples, Best Buy, and other retailers. Visit Call2Recycle’s dropoff locator to find the nearest location to you. 

Commercial batteries

If, however, you have bulk or industrial batteries such as lead acid, NiCad, telecom or electric vehicle batteries, it can be more difficult to discern where best to recycle them. There are two basic options: drop off your batteries at a local collection center, or use a pickup service. Let’s take a look at the ins and outs of each option below. 

Drop off your batteries at a local collection center

The first thing most people think of when it’s time to recycle their commercial batteries is to look for a local collection center. A quick Google search or flip through the yellow pages will show you all of the recycling centers in your area. You can usually drop off your batteries at these locations, though you may have to wait. 

Local collection centers can be helpful if you only have a small number or total weight of batteries. However, if you have a large number of batteries or heavy items like forklift batteries, it can be more of a challenge. In that case, you’ll need to figure out how to transport the batteries yourself. You might also get there and find out that they can’t accept your specific type of batteries. Another problem to be aware of is that not every collection site uses EPA-approved recycling facilities, which can create liabilities for your company. 

Use a convenient pickup service like Battery Recyclers of America

The alternative to taking your batteries to a local collection center is to utilize a pickup service like Battery Recyclers of America. The most obvious advantage of this type of service is that you don’t have to worry about packaging, moving, or hauling the batteries to a recycling center — we do all the hard work for you.

Our experts pick up your batteries on-site and safely transport them to an EPA-approved recycling facility. Not only that, but you don’t have to deal with calling around to find a collection site that can take your type of batteries, since we recycle every chemistry.

The bottom line

Now that you know your options, you’ll be better equipped to make a decision when your batteries reach the end of their useful life. To learn more about Battery Recyclers of America’s convenient pickup services, contact our team today!