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
    Alkaline batteries are non-hazardous and may be disposed of in the regular trash.  Other options include drop off at retail stores that sell Alkaline Batteries such as Ace Hardware, Best Buy, Batteries Plus Bulbs, Home Depot, Lowes and Staples. Always call first to verify that they are accepting batteries and what if any volume limits they might have.  Also check with the website.  More information and options for safely disposing or recycling single use non-rechargeable alkaline batteries is provided at the bottom of this page. 
    Lead Acid Batteries: Auto, Motorcycle, Boat, Recreational Vehicle, Lawn Tractor, and Backup Sump Pump.
    Lead acid batteries are prohibited by State law from being disposed of in the trash and should be returned to place of purchase or to a metal scrap yard that accept them. (Extra/free flowing sulfuric and/or hydrocloric acids from batteries are collected through our HCW program).
The following rechargeable and long life non-rechargeable batteries are ACCEPTED at both SWALCO sponsored residential electronics collection sites and the SWALCO Household Chemical Waste Collection program: 

    Rechargeable and  Long Life Non-Rechargeable Batteries: Nickel Cadmium (NiCd), Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMh), Lithium, Zinc-Air, Silver-oxide and Small Sealed Lead Acid 

    ** Beginning January 1, 2020 law HB2296, comes into action. This law will prohibit residents and businesses from placing rechargeable or lead acid batteries into recycling carts.

A note about safe handling of Rechargeable and Long Life Non-Rechargeable batteries prior to delivery to a collection location:  To avoid the risk of cross-contact of battery terminals, which can result in sparking and possible fire, Please place a piece of household tape over each terminal or contact point of each battery or place each battery into a self-locking plastic baggie (one battery per bag).

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Alkaline Batteries


More on Alkaline Batteries 

Recycling processes for single use non-rechargeable alkaline batteries (i.e. AAA, AA, C, D 6v & 9v) are not yet widely available. 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 sparking and possible fire. 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 a few single use non-rechargeable alkaline battery recycling options available locally to Lake County residents, as well as some fee based mail back options as listed below. 

The following is a list of service providers that accept for free or for a fee, single use non-rechargeable household alkaline batteries.

Batteries + Bulbs
Call to Recycle:
Waste Management Think Green from Home:
Battery Solutions:
The Big Green Box:
Veolia Environmental Service: