Batteries

Important Notice about Batteries

The following batteries are NOT ACCEPTED at SWALCO sponsored Residential Electronics Collection sites OR the SWALCO Household Chemical Waste Collection program:

  • Alkaline Batteries: AAA, AA, C, D, 9v & 6v
  • Long Life Non-Rechargeable Batteries (button cell batteries): Lithium, Zinc-Air, Silver-oxide

Alkaline and Long Life Non-Rechargeable batteries are non-hazardous and may be disposed of in the regular trash.
Other disposal/recycling options are listed below.

The following lead acid (wet cell) batteries are NOT ACCEPTED at SWALCO sponsored Residential Electronic Collection sites OR the SWALCO Household Chemical Waste Collection program.  Lead acid batteries are prohibited by State law from being disposed of in the trash and should be returned to place of purchase or metal scrap yard that may accept them.

•     Lead Acid Batteries: Auto, Motorcycle, Boat, Recreational Vehicle, Lawn Tractor, and Backup Sump Pump.

The following rechargeable batteries are ACCEPTED at both SWALCO sponsored residential electronics collection sites and the SWALCO Household Chemical Waste Collection program include:

  • Rechargeable Batteries: Nickel Cadmium (NiCd), Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMh), Lithium Ion (Li-ion),                             and Small Sealed Lead Acid

To avoid the risk of cross-contact of rechargeable battery terminals, which can result in sparking and possible fire, residents must place a piece of household type tape over the contact points on each rechargeable battery or place each rechargeable battery into a self-locking plastic baggie (one rechargeable battery per bag).

Alkaline Batteries

More on Alkaline Batteries



Proven cost-effective and environmentally safe recycling processes are not yet universally available for single use non-rechargeable alkaline batteries (i.e. AAA, AA, C, D 6v & 9v). The US EPA classifies single use non-rechargeable alkaline batteries as non-hazardous and advises that they may be safely disposed of with normal household waste. Never dispose of batteries in fire because they could explode. It is important not to dispose of large numbers of batteries in a group. Used batteries are often not completely drained of power. Grouping used batteries together can bring these partially charged batteries into contact with one another, creating safety risks. To avoid risk, simply place a piece of household tape over the contact points of each used battery before disposing of them in the normal household waste.

There are no public (free) single use non-rechargeable battery recycling options available locally to Lake County residents. 
Only a select few, fee based, mail in options exist to recycle these batteries as listed below. 

The following is a list of collectors that accept for a fee, non-rechargeable household alkaline batteries. 

Waste Management Think Green from Home: www.thinkgreenfromhome.com
Battery Solutions: www.batteryrecycling.com
The Big Green Box: www.biggreenbox.com
Veolia Environmental Service: www.lamprecycling.veoliaes.com/battery_recycling