Alkaline and carbon-zinc single-use batteries are not classified as Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and are safe for disposal in the trash.  In contrast, long-lasting lithium batteries and all rechargeable batteries (Ni-Cd, Ni-MH, Ni-Zn, Li, Li-Ion, and Pb from toys, cell phones, laptops, and other electronics) should be brought to either The Home Depot, Lowes, RadioShack, or Best Buy or to one our RIRRC's Eco-Depot collection events.  

Recycling options for single-use alkaline and carbon-zinc batteries, though on the rise, still remain limited.  There are a handful of mail-in recycling programs in the U.S. This list shows what they are able to reclaim, and provides the website and phone number for each company.  Please note that RIRRC does not endorse any one of these companies over another, nor over any other companies not listed here.

Know of another mail-in program?  Let us know and we'll request the necessary information to add them to our list.  

Mail-in Program / Website   What is Reclaimed?   Phone
Air Cycle Corp.   High-temperature metal alloy (Ni, Fe, Cr, Mn),
and low-temperature metal, Zn-O (Zinc-Oxide).
All Lamp Recycling, LLC   Zinc   417-782-7244
Battery Solutions iRecycle Kit   Paper, plastic, steel, and zinc manganese.    800-852-8127
Big Green Box   Zinc powder, manganese, steel     877-461-2345
Complete Recycling Solutions*   Zinc, iron   866-277-9797
Northeast Recycle Group**   Zinc, mercury (minor)   401-354-2991
Simple Cycle   Zinc, steel   800-309-9908
*Local pick-up option available        
**Local drop-off option available