NEW ecopark can now recycle Lithium batteries! Do not place in trash or recycling bins.
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Single-use, non-rechargeable lithium batteries
- Used in watches, remote controls, handheld games and vaping devices Look for “lithium” on the battery
Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries
- Found in appliances, cellphones, e-readers, laptops, power tools, scooters, tablets & toys
- Some can be easily removed, others cannot
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is it important to properly dispose of lithium-ion batteries?
Placing these batteries or devices with these batteries into the trash or recycling bin can have serious consequences for human health and the environment:
- Under pressure, heat and/or physical perforation, batteries made from lithium can ignite and cause fires in trash and recycling bins, presenting major hazards for truck operators, recycling facilities, landfills, and first responders.
- Lithium-ion batteries contain lithium, cobalt, carbon and graphite, as well as electrolyte fluid and solvents, which can poison soil and waterways and endanger human and animal health.
How should I handle and store these batteries and devices?
Carefully inspect batteries for damage and insure that exposed terminals or wires are taped or bagged during storage and prior to transport:
- Button batteries should have both terminals taped
- Use the packaging from the replacement battery to secure the used one
- Place broken or leaking batteries in a non-reactive container, such as a plastic bucket
- Store used batteries in a cool and dry area. Do not store in extreme heat, near flammable materials or in humid/moist areas If a battery begins smoking, immerse in water and call 911
- For medium and large scale batteries, such as those in automobiles and energy storage devices, contact the dealer or company responsible for installation for disposal options
Are there additional programs available for disposal?
Many big-box stores will also accept used rechargeable batteries. Additionally, locate the contact details for the battery manufacturer for their recommendation.
- NYS law requires stores that sell rechargeable batteries accept at no charge used rechargeable batteries for disposal.
- Find a drop-off location near you: call2recycle.org/locator/
How should businesses and organizations with a quantity of devices arrange for proper disposal?
Businesses and other organizations that have rechargeable batteries should contact an electronics recycler for proper disposal. Other types of rechargeable batteries are also accepted from residents at the Monroe County/WM ecopark, no appointment necessary.