Single-use batteries, including alkaline and carbon-zinc types, are not classified as Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and are safe for disposal in the trash.  Prior to 1996, some single-use batteries did contain mercury, but this is no longer the case.  In contrast to rechargeable batteries (Ni-Cd, Ni-MH, Ni-Zn, Li, Li-Ion, and Pb from toys, cell phones, laptops, and other electronics) which should be brought to an Eco-Depot collection, the Central Landfill can safely accept single-use batteries for disposal.

Recycling options for single-use batteries, though on the rise, still remain limited.  There are a handful of mail-in recycling programs in the U.S., all which require a fee. By the end of 2010,, a clearinghouse for recycling options, listed 16 mail-in programs.  Of the 16, we have further listed those companies below that have provided RIRRC with additonal information on their recycling process.  This list shows what they are able to reclaim, and provides the website and phone number for each company.  You can also request more detailed information on these companies' recycling processes from us. We will expand the list as more information is shared and new opportunities emerge.  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. manganese, zinc 708-223-1038
All Lamp Recycling, LLC zinc 417-782-7244
Battery Solutions iRecycle Kit    paper, plastic, steel, and zinc manganese     248-446-5628
Big Green Box zinc, manganese, steel  
LEI zinc, steel 985-878-8210