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Household Batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, 1.5, Lithium, Mercury, Ni-Cad, NiMH, and zinc)

Alkaline Batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, 1.5v)

Alkaline batteries are standard household batteries (AA, AAA, C, D). They are used in products from walkmans and clocks, to smoke detectors and remote controls. Since 1994, most types contain no added mercury or only contain trace amounts. These batteries are marked "no added mercury" or have a green tree logo. Although newer alkaline batteries contain less mercury than their predecessors, they are still made of metals and other toxins which contaminate the air and soil.

Buy products not Powered by Batteries - Items such as electric clocks, power tools, and solar-powered calculators are cleaner alternatives to their battery-operated counterparts. Fuel cell-powered electronic equipment is an emerging industry that is supplementing/replacing standard batteries and can be used on a vaiety of machinery. In the future these forms of "greener energy"" may solve some of our waste management problems.

Use Rechargeable Batteries in Place of Disposable Batteries - Although the initial purchase is more expensive (you have to buy a charger) there is a long-term savings when using rechargeable batteries as well as a reduction of waste. Rechargeable batteries are particularly useful for items that frequently consume batteries such as portable CD players as well as household products like smoke detectors and clocks.

Rechargeable Batteries (Lithium, Ni-cad, NiMH, Zinc)
Button and disc batteries are used in flashlights, radios, cameras, hearing aids, watches, toys, calculators and other items in the home. These batteries may contain zinc, lead, mercury, nickel, cadmium, silver and electrolytes. If batteries leak or explode, the chemical substances contained in these batteries can cause internal and external burns and irritation. These batteries also contain heavy metals, such as lead, mercury, lithium, manganese, silver, zinc, cadmium, and nickel which can accumulate in ground and surface water, wildlife and humans when disposed of improperly.


If you have curbside recycling service at your home, place the household batteries in a sealable, clear plastic bag and place on top of your recycling cart lid (DO NOT set out any vehicle or other lead acid batteries).

Proper Disposal

Public Collection Sites - Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium Ion (Li-ion), Lithium Polymer batteries Only; no alkaline batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, 1.5) and no mercury batteries.

Fixed Collection Facilities - all batteries
If you are a resident of Clark County or one of its cities, you may dispose of unwanted household hazardous waste products at any of the following HHW collection programs. Business-generated hazardous waste will not be accepted.

Satellite Collection Events - all batteries

Home Collection  - all batteries

Eligible senior and citizens with disabilities who are unable to transport HHW to a collection site or event may call (360) 397-6118 ext. 4352 to see if you qualify for a free home pick up.





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