Household Battery Recycling and Disposal

Household Battery Recycling and Disposal

Millions of single-use and rechargeable batteries are purchased, used, recycled, or thrown away every year. Batteries are available in a variety of chemicals, kinds, and sizes to suit their intended application.

  • When single-use batteries run out of energy, they may usually be removed from the gadget.
  • Rechargeable batteries can be removed or attached to the gadget permanently.

The fast growth in use of power tools, tiny portable devices, and other basic commodities, as well as the rise in “smart” products like small and big appliances and automobiles, has resulted in a surge in battery consumption.

Batteries are made up of several chemical components that are mixed together to fulfil the power and performance requirements of consumers. When batteries are poorly maintained towards the end of their service life, metals including nickel, mercury, silver, lead, and cadmium can pose a risk to human health and the environment. The form of the battery or the color of the label are not used to identify battery kinds; instead, marking and labelling are used.

Some batteries may also contain important minerals including graphite, cobalt and lithium according to the United States Geological Survey. These minerals are raw resources that are economically and strategically vital to the people and have a significant supply risk, and have no easy replacements. As a result, every effort should be taken to recycle and recover these resources in order to preserve their availability for future generations.

The kind and chemistry of a battery affects which of the numerous waste management alternatives to utilize once it is no longer functional. Because some batteries might pose a risk to safety and health if mishandled towards the end of their life, it is critical to manage batteries appropriately according to their type.

Even when utilized and appearing to be discharged, batteries can have enough energy to harm or spark fires. For safety reasons, remember that not all batteries can be removed or serviced by the user - read all battery and product labels for information concerning safety and usage.

Types of Batteries



Uses and description

  • These popular household batteries may be found in a variety of products, including calculators, flashlights, alarm clocks, radios, TV remote controls, children's toys, remote-control gadgets, and more.
  • 6 Volt, 9 Volt, AAA, AA, C and certain button cells are examples of common alkaline and zinc-carbon batteries.


  • Single-use batteries are typically seen to be more wasteful since we use them up and then discard them after the power is gone. We need to keep additional batteries on hand at all times because they aren't rechargeable.
  • Some battery reclamation businesses recycle these batteries. Contact local or state solid waste authorities to recycle your battery waste. Alkaline and zinc carbon batteries may usually be safely disposed of in your home garbage in most areas. This is largely due to the (1996) Mercury-Containing and Rechargeable Battery Management Act, which phased out the usage of mercury in alkaline batteries, making them less of a landfill threat.


Uses and description

  • These are flat, spherical batteries used in fitness trackers, watches, hearing aids, and automobile keyless entry remotes. Cadmium, Silver, and mercury were widely used in these batteries.
  • Lithium is now found in almost all button batteries. Because these metals are a scarce precious resource and can be harmful if not handled properly, it is critical to recycle these batteries.


  • These small batteries can be dangerous if crushed or burned. Furthermore, these little, glossy discs attract youngsters and can be dangerous or deadly if ingested or stuck in a child's ear or nose, so keep them out of reach of small children.
  • A professional will replace the batteries in some items, such as a high-end watch, so inquire whether the firm can recycle the battery for you. Other goods, such as hearing aid batteries or car remote batteries, may be recycled at a doctor's office or a car dealership or your solid waste district or municipality may accept these batteries for disposal through their household hazardous waste (HHW) collection programs.


  • Rechargeable household electronics

Uses and description

  • Cordless goods such as toothbrushes, cordless vacuums and power tools are increasingly using rechargeable batteries.
  • Rechargeable batteries can save consumers money over the life of each battery since they can be used several times.


  • Batteries that can be removed and recharged can be taken to specialist battery recyclers, authorized businesses that provide battery takeback services, or municipal domestic hazardous waste collection programs.
  • The nickel in these batteries may be used to make golf clubs, pots and pans, cutlery, or fresh batteries.
  • Cellphones, laptops, and other portable electronics

Uses and description

  • Lithium-ion batteries, also known as lithium-ion polymer (Li-ion) batteries, are frequently used in digital cameras, mobile phones, laptops. Lithium-ion batteries are recyclable, and the metal content can be extracted during the recycling process.
  • Compared to earlier battery types used in portable devices, Li-ion batteries are lighter, smaller and offer more energy.


  • Lithium-ion batteries should never be thrown away since they can overheat and explode when exposed to high temperatures or when squeezed.
  • You'll probably discard a Li-ion battery together with an electronic item, such as when you update your laptop or trade in your cellphone. The business that manages your electrical equipment will, take the battery as well. These batteries are also covered by Scarpbuk, so finding a recycler shouldn't be difficult.
  • These sorts of batteries are frequently reconditioned and reused. Steel and stainless steel components may be separated from lithium-ion batteries.