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Posted on February 24, 2022

So, Watt's the deal with batteries?

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

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


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, how do I get rid of them? 

The good news is, you can get rid of these types of batteries for free by dropping them off at one of our hazardous waste drop-offs. We'll even give you a few options for your convenience! 

Metro Hazardous Waste Drop-Off: Bondurant
1105 Prairie Drive SW
Bondurant, IA 50035
HOURS: Open Tuesday - Fridays from 1 PM - 5 PM
Or the 1st and 3rd Saturday's of the month from 8 AM - Noon

Metro Hazardous Waste Drop-Off: Grimes
4105 SE Beisser Drive
Grimes, IA 50111
HOURS: By appointment only Tuesday - Thursday (call 515.244.0021 for appointments)
Or the second Saturday of the month April - November from 8 AM - Noon
First second Saturday event for 2022 is April 9th, 2022

Better yet, we'll come to you! For a fee we'll pick up your hazardous waste, including batteries, through our Houseside Hazardous Waste program.

WATT about Alkaline Batteries? (AA, AAA)

Traditional alkaline (single use) batteries can be recycled for $1 per pound at our Bondurant location. You can also throw alkaline batteries away in your normal trash. Keep an eye out for other stores or drop-off sites for alkaline batteries in the area. 

Check out the infographic below for more information, or give us a call at 515.244.0021.