Battery Disposal

Household batteries and auto batteries contain toxic metals, lead, and acids and must be disposed of properly.

Rechargeable Batteries
Most rechargeable batteries contain toxic metals and therefore require proper disposal. Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd) batteries are commonly found in cellular and cordless telephones, cordless power tools, and notebook computers. To identify Ni-Cd batteries, look for the letters Ni-Cd on the battery or battery pack.

While they require special disposal, Ni-Cd batteries are beneficial because they reduce overall battery waste. Additionally, when they reach the end of their useful life the metals in the batteries can be recycled.

The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) was formed by a group of battery manufacturers to develop a system for collecting and recycling Ni-Cd batteries. You can call 800-822-8837 to find a Ni-Cd drop-off location near you. All Radio Shacks, Walmarts, and several other national and local retail stores have agreed to place drop-off boxes in their stores.

Additionally, all SWA collection sites accept Ni-Cd batteries during all operating hours.
Poison Safety Sign
Corrosive Safety Sign
Where to Take Batteries
  • Lead acid batteries: Lead acid batteries are commonly found in emergency lighting and computer back-up systems. To identify lead acid batteries look for the letters Pb on the battery. All SWA collection sites accept lead acid batteries during all operating hours.
  • Auto batteries: Auto batteries should be brought to your retailer when purchasing a replacement, or they can be brought to all SWA collection sites during all operating hours.
  • Alkaline and non-rechargeable batteries: These batteries can be thrown away in your garbage.
Lead Acid Batteries