GOOD TO KNOW
- Batteries are made of valuable metals that are becoming more scarce and more expensive to mine. When batteries can be recycled, the metals are recovered and the other components are reprocessed and used again.
- Batteries contain hazardous waste, and although household alkaline batteries have low amounts of mercury and are less of an issue, it is very important to know what to do with your batteries at the end of their lifecycle. Even if recycling batteries is not an option for you, proper disposal is important for the health and safety of our environment.
- In Virginia, you are not required to recycle standard household alkaline batteries (AA, AAA, C, D and 9 volt). Rechargeable batteries, however, must be recycled at the end of their lifecycle.
GOOD TO DO
- Newport News residents can bring household batteries to the Recovery Operations Center located at 550 Atkinson Way, Newport News.
- All other Peninsula residents can bring rechargeable batteries to numerous VPPSA household hazardous waste events throughout the year.
- Southside residents can bring both rechargeable and alkaline batteries to any of the five hazardous waste collection facilities operated by SPSA.
- Virginia Beach residents can return used household batteries to any of 14 disposal sites including 11 public libraries at no charge. Large quantities (up to 75 lbs.) should be taken to the city’s Landfill and Resource Recovery Facility.
- Suffolk residents have several options for battery recycling. Just look for the brown bin at all Suffolk Public Library locations and other convenient places around the city.
- Alkaline batteries can be placed in the trash if you tape the ends of each battery with masking tape and place multiple batteries in a plastic bag before putting into the trash.
- Residents and businesses can also visit the Call2Recycle website and enter your zip code to locate a rechargeable battery drop off location near you.
- Switch to rechargeable batteries and save money if you’re using more than a dozen or so disposable batteries per year.