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Battery Collection Week

​​​Battery Collection Week occurs the first full Week of November.  In 2023 that falls on the week of November 6​th. Watch for your battery bags in the mail in the fall.

Place acceptable batteries (outlined below) into the battery bag and seal using the zip tab. Clear ziploc bags can also be used. Place sealed battery bags On Top of your cart on your regular collection day during the first full week of November​.​

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Battery Types Accepted

  • Standard A, AA, AAA, C, D and 9-Volt Batteries (both alkaline and heavy duty)
  • Button Batteries

Due to regulatory requirements, only undamaged, single use, and dry cell batteries are acceptable for curbside collection.

Battery Types Not Accepted

  • Rechargeable battery packs (NiCad, NiMH, or Lithium Ion - typically used in laptop computers, cellular phones, etc.)
  • Car batteries
  • Industrial batteries
  • Battery packs

These should be taken to a County hazardous waste facility​ for FREE.

Safe Storage

Batteries should be stored in a cool, dry location, away from any flammable material, prior to disposal. During storage, battery terminals should not be in contact with conductive materials. The terminals on 9-Volt batteries in particular, should be covered with electrical tape prior to storage. Click here to learn more about safe storage.​

For safety purposes, do not use the battery bag to store batteries long-term. Batteries can also be taken to a HHW Depot.

Where Do Batteries Go After Collection?

All batteries will be sorted by type in a processing facility and then recycled to recover their respective components, including metal, carbon, manganese, etc.

The zinc and manganese recovered from the batteries is used as an ingredient in a micro-nutrient fertilizer. Also, the battery bag will be recycled.​

Is This Program Available to Residents in Apartment Buildings?

No, battery collection is not available in apartment buildings. Residents who want to participate in the program are encouraged to visit apartment information to find the nearest battery recycling drop-off location.