How should I recycle batteries?

Rechargeable batteries and vehicle batteries can be recycled at all larger businesses where they are sold per state law.  The easiest places to recycle rechargeable batteries can be found by using the Call2Recycle locator at Battery and Cellphone Dropoff Locations | Call2Recycle | United States.  Lowes, Staples, and WalMart in Glenmont are all included in this directory.

Batteries of all types EXCEPT non-rechargeable alkaline (please see below) may also be brought to the town’s household hazardous waste collection events in the spring and fall for recycling.  Collections are listed on the Recycling Events web page.

NOTE: Alkaline batteries no longer contain mercury or cadmium.  Please either tape the leads or bag them individually in ZipLock or other baggies, and then throw alkaline batteries into the regular trash.  Alkaline batteries include non-rechargeable A, AA, AAA, C, D, 9 volt and 6-volt, and lantern.

As of December 2011, per the new state law, it is illegal to dispose of rechargeable batteries in the trash.  All retailers that sell rechargeable batteries are required to collect them for recycling.  Please recycle at your choice of retailers or use the locator tool linked above.

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