Household Battery Recycling
RECYCLE: All single use and rechargeable household batteries may be recycled through the one-sort recycling program. Tape the positive (+) terminal of lithium and lithium ion batteries to prevent fire. Place all household batteries in a plastic bag and set the bag on top of your one-sort cart for pick up. Do NOT place batteries inside the one-sort cart.
The following are acceptable battery types: alkaline or pile alkaline, button batteries, carbon zinc (CZn), lithium (Li), lithium-ion (Li-ion), mercuric oxide, nickel cadmium (Ni-Cd), nickel metal hydride (NiMH), nickel zinc (NiZn), and zinc air.
DO NOT RECYCLE: Lead-acid batteries, gel cell batteries or wet cell batteries through the one-sort recycling program.
These batteries, from automobiles, recreational crafts, power tools, and large children’s toys should be brought to one of Hennepin County’s HHW & Recycling Drop-Off Facilities or a retail location that sells lead-acid batteries for proper recycling. Per Minnesota Statute § 115A.915, it is illegal to place lead-acid batteries in the garbage, and per Minnesota Statute § 325E.115, all retail locations that sell lead-acid batteries are required to accept used lead-acid batteries from the customer.
For more information on battery recycling, visit Hennepin County’s A to Z Guide or call Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling at (612) 673-2917.
Last updated Dec. 10, 2013