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Batteries--are they recyclable?
Release Date: July 18, 2011
What batteries are recyclable? Which batteries are not? This is the response I received from the county.
You can throw away in the garbage non-rechargeable alkaline and carbon zinc batteries, and rechargeable alkaline batteries. Types include AAA, AA, C, D, 9 volt, long life C and D cells used for toys, radios, appliances and flashlights.
Retailers that sell rechargeable batteries are required by law to accept from consumers and recycle these batteries. Many stores including Home Depot, Radio Shack, Staples, Best Buy and Lowe’s stores have recycling kiosks at their locations. This includes rechargeable nickel-cadmium, sealed lead, lithium ion, nickel metal hydride, any other such dry cell battery capable of being recharged and battery packs containing any of the aforementioned batteries. You should also recycle non-rechargeable button cell batteries at retail locations. They are small, thin and round, and often used in hearing aids, watches and cameras. Examples are silver oxide, mercuric oxide, lithium, and zinc-air batteries. Non-rechargeable lithium batteries are often used in computers and cameras.
For additional information on the proper disposal of batteries, feel free to contact Sarah Garvan, Westchester County Department of Environmental Facilities, (914) 813-5964 or
Marianne S. Petronella
Director of Resource Management
Department of Environmental Facilities/Recycling Office
phone: (914)813-5416 / fax: (914) 813-5460