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 rechargeable batteries in a sealable, clear plastic bag and place beside stacked recycle bins (DO NOT set out any vehicle or other lead acid batteries).
Public Collection Sites
If you do not have curbside recycling, rechargeable batteries may be taken to any Public Collection Site or Household Hazardous Waste collection facility or event (see collection information below)
- Battle Ground Electronics
- Don's Radio & TV
- Far West Fibers
- Quality Mobile Communications
- Radio Shack
Free Household Hazardous Waste Disposal
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.
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 they qualify for a free home pick up.
Fixed Collection Facilities
- Central Transfer and Recycling Center
- Earth Friendly Recycling - Vancouver
- Washougal Transfer Station
- West Van Materials Recovery Center
Satellite Collection Events