Watt do I do with batteries?

They aren't 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. 


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?! 

Great news! Metro Northwest Transfer Station is open March 14th for the first second Saturday hazardous waste drop-off event of 2020. From 8 AM – Noon you can drop-off items including 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. 


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!