We often get asked whether batteries are recyclable. Unfortunately, the answer is a little more complicated than a simple “yes” or “no.”
Yes, some batteries are recyclable.
No, we cannot accept them in our single-stream recycling containers.
Because many batteries contain hazardous materials, Advantage Disposal cannot accept these items. However, it is important to us that we help our customers stay safe from these chemicals, and we are committed to helping make environmentally friendly choices as easy as possible for you. That’s why we’ve compiled this list below to help you safely dispose of batteries.
- Rechargeable batteries can be returned to any retailer who sells rechargeable batteries.
- Automotive batteries can be returned to the parts store or service center when a new battery is purchased.
- Alkaline batteries (normal, non-rechargeable household batteries) can typically be thrown away safely. If you would like to recycle these types of batteries, some commercial recycling facilities may accept them for a small fee.
If you have other questions about battery recycling or you would like information about local facilities that accept particular types of batteries, the Schenectady County Yard Waste Composting Facility and Resident Recycling Center in Glenville can provide you with up-to-date information.