Watt to do with Batteries

posted 9/23/2019

WATT TO DO WITH BATTERIES 

They’re not all the same!  

 

In the era of gadgets and technology, almost everything we use has a battery. Cell phones, laptops, tablets, game consoles, power tools, cameras, and more!  

   

Not all batteries are the same; knowing how to dispose of each type is important for the safety of you and those around you.  

  

Rechargeable/Lithium 

Did you know rechargeable batteries contain hazardous material that is highly flammable? That’s right! When the shell is cracked on these types of batteries, they are susceptible to moisture and can easily start on fire. We’re not sure if you’ve seen the heavy equipment that collects and moves garbage, but those shells are sure to crack under the pressure! 

    

To know if one of your devices has one of these hazardous batteries, first ask yourself if the item takes a charge. Common gadgets that have hazardous batteries are cell phones, laptops, cameras, power tools, etc.  

   

So...Watt do you do with them?! 

Drop-off your rechargeable batteries this Saturday in Grimes! Every second Saturday, the Metro Northwest Transfer Station is open from 8 AM – Noon to collect household hazardous waste. Accepted items include paint, motor oil, gasoline, lawn chemicals and more! View a complete list of accepted items. 

   

You can also dispose of rechargeable batteries throughout the week at Metro Hazardous Waste Drop-Off in Bondurant, or by appointment in Grimes.  

 

Alkaline 

Traditional alkaline (single use) batteries can be recycled for $1 per pound at the Metro Hazardous Waste Drop-Off, or thrown in your regular garbage. You can also keep an eye out for stores that offer take-back programs!   

 
To learn more about where it should go, visit WhereItShouldGo.com or give us a call at 515.244.0021.