Why Handle Batteries Separately? It decreases the amount of toxins (such as lead, mercury and cadmium) that enter the environment. It also allows for the recovery of valuable natural resources such as gold, copper and nickel. It requires less energy to recover and recycle natural resources than to mine them from the earth, reducing the use of fossil fuels and lowering greenhouse gas emissions.
HOUSEHOLD BATTERIES Common household, non-rechargeable alkaline batteries are safe to dispose of in your regular garbage. This applies to AA, AAA, C, D, and 9 Volt. BUTTON CELL AND RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES These should not be disposed of in the trash. All Batteries Plus Bulbs, Home Depot or similar stores offer free recycling for these types of batteries only.
LARGE BATTERIES Large batteries must be disposed of as follows: 1. Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Event or 2. At any of the several local facilities that accept auto or boat batteries, or batteries from power tools and UPS boxes, etc.
NOTE: Home Depot or similar stores usually have a collection bin for power tool batteries.