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 Batteries 

Did you know rechargeable batteries contain hazardous material that is highly flammable?

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.  

If you have rechargeable/lithium batteries, we can help you dispose of them! They can be taken to Metro Hazardous Waste Drop-Off in Bondurant or at Metro Northwest Transfer Station in Grimes (by appointment only.) 

Alkaline Batteries 

Traditional alkaline (single-use) batteries can be thrown away in your regular garbage, or they can be recycled for $1 per pound at Metro Hazardous Waste Drop-Off.

You can also keep an eye out for stores that offer take-back programs!