Where to recycle batteries.

We can recycle !


The introduction of portable electronic devices in the past decade has created an impressive demand for on- the -spot energy sources.

In Canada, some 550million alkaline and rechargeable batteries are bought in a year. the US demand is estimated at 3 BILLION per year.

Each family buys 32 batteries per year, each person in the family owns 2 button, and 10 normal A, AA, AAA, etc., and the average household throws out 8 batteries a year.

In addition, 100 million auto batteries are disposed of in the USA .

During 2005 some 130 million cell phones were discarded in the US. It is estimated now to be over 155 million(2009).

The growth in laptop computers, PDA's, mp3's, Ipod's, wireless headsets and battery power tools to name a few, supports a healthy business environment for battery suppliers.


Batteries are essentially stored chemical reactions that convert into electrical energy to drive the associated device. When spent, they do present a real problem as waste as they are inevitably toxic.

A recent estimate had 65,000 tons of waste generated from the discarding of 130 million cell phones in the US each year alone.


Initiatives have been taken to provide alternatives to trash dumps.

The reclaiming of precious metals, chemicals, etc., etc., has not only become a good business practice, but is the right thing to do.

To date, frustration still exists as there are currently no known facilities in the US that can in a practical, cost efficient manner, reclaim all types of batteries found in the household.

Most batteries currently collected from households are still disposed in the trash, or in ever increasing numbers to the hazardous waste land fill.

Initiatives are being undertaken by Cities, Municipalities and some Townships to have special (normally weekend) days where sites are advertised as collection areas on a regular basis for all sorts of potentially reclaimable household waste, from tires, to paint to oil, etc., and including batteries.

More encouragingly, retailers selling batteries specifically are being more sensitive to their clients concerns and are providing recycle availability.

The source references to this article are in some cases recycle providers to corporations whose employees can bring their spent batteries for recycle; and in other cases list retail establishments that they collect product from for recycle.

For your specific area in the US or Canada, try this link. It provides free objective information on recycling.

National Retailers that participate in the Call2Recycle program.


  • AT&T
  • Batteries Plus
  • Best Buy
  • Black & Decker
  • IKEA
  • Circuit City
  • The Home Depot
  • Lowe's
  • Makita Factory Service Centers
  • Milwaukee Electric Tool
  • Office Depot
  • OfficeMax
  • Porter Cable ServiceCtrs.
  • RadioShack
  • Remington Product Co.
  • Sears/Orchard Supply
  • Staples
  • Target
  • US Cellular Verizon Wireless


  • Batteries Expert
  • Battery Plus
  • Bell World
  • Black & Decker
  • FIDO/Microcell
  • The Home Depot
  • Home Hardware

  • IKEA
  • London Drugs
  • Motorola Cellular Dealers
  • OfficeMax
  • Personal Edge/Centre du Rasoir
  • Revy
  • Sears
  • The Sony Store
  • The Source by Circuit City
  • Staples
  • Telus Mobility
  • Zellers

Comments 22 comments

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Rob Jundt 8 years ago from Midwest USA

Good info. We use a lot of batteries around here.

Millsea 8 years ago

Thank you.

I just carry a bag of spent batteries in the carunti I shop.

IKEA a retailer should be on the lst as well.

Millsea 8 years ago

Thank you.

I just carry a bag of spent batteries in the car unti I shop.

IKEA a retailer should be on the lst as well.

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Insurance Broker 8 years ago from Toronto

I am trying to use good rechargable batteries as much as possible. They usually last more than 2 years in a good condition. And for sure I am not throwing them into regular dustbin, despite the fact they are piling in my home, because I always forget to take them away :)

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millsea 8 years ago Author


Well, here is some additional information. Although a consumer advocate, I don't think I will go to ALL the stores to test the lists accuracy BUT The HOME DEPOT nearest me in Mississauga ,Ontario, Canada does NOT accept Recycled Batteries. It doesn't seem right given the number of different types they are happy to sell us.

Any other unsuccessful attempte that have failed?

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millsea 8 years ago Author

This is becoming more and more challenging .

Approaching ZELLERS in Canada with the ever growing bag of spent batteries, they will only take any ones you show a receipt to prove you bought them there.

The SOURCE BY CIRCUIT CITY will take Rechargables only and then have them rebuilt for you.

Should I make this a mission?

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millsea 8 years ago Author


Best Buy in Canada will recycle all the batteries in the photo plus the 10 pounds donated to me by my son.

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glassvisage 8 years ago from Northern California

Great idea for a Hub. I vowed when I left my parent's house and got my own I would use rechargeable batteries... that is yet to happen :(

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glassvisage 8 years ago from Northern California

Those are some crazy numbers, by the way!

Millsea 8 years ago

When researching this article, the sources I inadvertantly omitted. If you want them I would be happy to forward them or add them to the article.

But I agree.The numbers are very large.

I should add that our municipal waste facility accepts them for recycle as well.

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solarcaptain 8 years ago from california

what about the battrey pack for my cranial reverse pole solar enhancer(and fan)?

Your hubs are good, actually better than good and I'm pleased at choosing wisely. I figured you for someone who would write useful, intelligent articles. Thank you.

Millsea 8 years ago

Solar captain, you have me at a disadvantage in that I have never heard of the batteries you mentioned.

They are presumably rechargeable and therefore have an economic recycle factor. try http://toxco.com

and/or http://ehso.com

these are two of the reference sources mentioned before, having been omitted

from the initial article.

Thanks for the kind words

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caoshub 7 years ago from Portugal

good tips. recycling is so important!

Millsea 7 years ago

THank you.

You have just reminded me of a small bag that has been in the workshop for a couple of months.

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millsea 6 years ago Author

An update!


Good for them.

Latrelle Ross 6 years ago

Excellent! The more we can keep out of landfills, the better. Great hub :)

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millsea 6 years ago Author

I totally agree. Thanks for the comment.

Dave 6 years ago

You guys are awesome, I'm glad to see that someone cares enough to post such useful info. I live in mississauga also and will now go recycle all those batteries that i've been saving for years!

Millsea 6 years ago

Good going and good luck !!

Ashurbanipal 5 years ago

and we still have yet to solve this problem :(

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millsea 5 years ago Author

The good news is more awareness, don't you think?

Luke 4 years ago

Excellent article millsea very useful.The sheer number of batteries created and unrecyled is astonishing, and very scary since the chemicals involved like lithium are very reactive and highly toxic.

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