The State of Vermont bans the disposal of rechargeable and lead acid batteries in the municipal solid waste (MSW) stream. Many types of batteries contain hazardous materials and may become hazardous waste when disposed improperly. Any and all rechargeable batteries must be recycled. The Windham Solid Waste Management District accepts batteries at the Scalehouse/Transfer Station in Brattleboro anytime during our regular business hours.
Vermont was the first state in the nation to pass single-use/alkaline battery recycling. WSWMD accepts alkaline batteries during normal business hours, free of charge.
Single-use batteries, such as AA, AAA, C, D and 9-volt, are used in many items such as tools and toys. Vermonters buy over 10 million batteries per year, and most end up in the landfill. Certain components of the batteries, such as heavy metals like cadmium, mercury, and lead are hazardous to human health and the environment. Recycling household batteries conserves natural resources, and lessens environmental impacts from mining and disposal.
The new law requires manufacturers of single-use batteries to provide a stewardship plan to manage the proper recycling of batteries sold in Vermont and establishes convenient recycling options for residents, at no cost.
Other Types of Batteries
|Rechargeable Batteries||Types: Nickel-Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel-Metal-Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium-Ion (Li-ion), and others.||cell phones, toys, power tools, laptop computers, cordless phones, digital cameras, etc.||
|Big Batteries||Electric Fence||Recycled
|Button Batteries||hearing aids, cameras, etc||Recycled|
|Car Batteries||Lead-Acid||check with an auto parts store to find out if you can bring it to them, or WSWMD will take them for a fee of $5.00 – a day pass or annual sticker is required.