(No access sticker is required to recycle batteries)
Vermont bans the disposal of rechargeable and lead acid batteries in the trash! Many types of batteries contain hazardous materials and may become hazardous waste when disposed of IMPROPERLY.
Vermont was the first state in the nation to pass single-use/alkaline battery recycling. 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.
Alkaline/Single use batteries:
Single-use batteries, such as AA, AAA, C, D and 9-volt, are used in many items such as tools and toys. 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.
Types: Nickel-Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel-Metal-Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium-Ion (Li-ion), and others. Found in cell phones, laptops, digital cameras/camcorders. Also batteries used for cordless tools, scooters & electric bicycles.
Types: Hearing aids, cameras, flashlights, laser pointers, etc.
Lead Acid batteries: (There is a $5 charge for Lead Acid batteries)
Types: Car batteries, motorcycle batteries, marine batteries.
Typically upon purchase, you’re charged a core charge by the supplier, if you return your battery where you bought your new one, you will get your core charge back! Otherwise, bring to us and we’ll recycle it for you.
All battery types are accepted at WSWMD for recycling. Do NOT bring batteries to the HHW Depot, please bring to the scale house upon arrival!
We partner with Call2Recycle! Where do recycled batteries go? (Click the pictures to find out more!)