This page is for non-automotive batteries. If you have a battery from your automobile that you need to dispose of, please see the Automotive Waste page.
With the rise of consumer electronics, batteries have become a nearly omnipresent facet of modern life. Whether they are powering handheld gaming systems or cell phones, power tools or remote controls, smoke detectors or watches, you may find it hard to find a room in your home that does not have batteries in it. So, what is one to do when those batteries need to be replaced?
The answer depends on the type of battery. Check whether the battery is rechargeable and what material it is. This information is usually printed on the battery. Rechargeable batteries can often be recycled. these include:
Nickel-cadmium (NiCd) batteries, often in cordless phones and two-way radios
Nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries, often in cameras, camcorders, and barcode scanners
Lithium-ion or lithium-polymer (Li-Ion or Li-Poly, respectively), often in laptops, cell phones, and e-readers.
All of these can be recycled at Batteries + in Kennewick (321 N Columbia Center Boulevard, Kennewick, Washington 99336, 509-783-3400).
In addition to these, some devices use lead acid gel batteries. These tend to be common in non-automotive vehicles (e.g., electric wheelchairs, golf carts, RVs). These can often be recycled at the same place as car batteries (please see Automotive Waste). They may also be recycled at Batteries +.
Non-rechargeable batteries, such as alkaline or zinc-carbon batteries (9-volt, AA, AAA, C, D, etc.) and button-cell batteries ("watch" batteries), are not as widely collected. One recycling option for these batteries is provided by the company Battery Solutions. They provide a number of collection and shipping options for old batteries through the mail service. As the prices and level of service can range substantially between products, if you choose to utilize their services, please ensure that you pick the option that best works for you.