Many types of batteries contain toxic metals such as lead or cadmium and may also contain strong acids or bases. Lithium batteries pack more energy into less space and even a "dead" battery has a lot of energy left in it. Lithium is highly reactive and that energy can cause fires when they are broken open, damaged, or shorted.
|Trash||HCRC||Big Box stores||Auto Parts Stores|
|Business Name||Battery Drop-off||Accepted Battery Types||Limitations|
|Best Buy||Yes||Battery backups||Residents only, three items per household per day|
|Lowe's Home Improvement||Yes||Rechargeable batteries, cell phones||No single use batteries|
|Home Depot||Yes||Rechargeable batteries, cell phones||No single use batteries|
|Batteries Plus Bulbs||Yes||Lead-acid, Li-Ion, NiCd, Li Poly||No single use batteries|
|Office Depot/Office Max||Yes||Rechargeable batteries, PDA's, cell phones||No single use batteries|
|Staples||Yes||Rechargeable batteries, Li-Ion, NiCd, NiMH, SSLA/Pb||No single use batteries, no more than 11 lbs|
|Target||Yes||Rechargeable batteries, cell phones, MP3 players||No single use batteries|
|Ace Hardware||Contact local store||Contact local store for info||Contact local store for info|
|Auto Zone||Yes||Lead-acid batteries||May receive $ store credit|
|Advanced Auto Parts||Yes||Lead-acid batteries||May receive $ store credit|
|O'Reilly Auto Parts||Yes||Unbroken Lead-acid batteries||May receive $ store credit|
This information in this list was provided by the retailer and may change at any time. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all options available.
Batteries are shipped to one of several facilities in the US where they are mechanically broken apart and then melted into blocks of component metals. These blocks are then sold back to manufacturers to use as raw materials in other products. Lead acid batteries are generally made back into to automotive batteries.