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Recycling & Reusing

Battery Disposal

Many of our favorite gadgets rely on battery power, and many of the batteries we use are rechargeable, meaning those batteries can be used over and over, saving money and the environment. Why not consider replacing your household alkaline batteries with rechargeable batteries?

GOOD TO KNOW

Recycling

  • 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 may contain hazardous waste although household alkaline batteries are less of an issue.
  • Even if recycling batteries is not an option for you, proper disposal is important for the health and safety of our environment.
  • Rechargeable batteries must be recycled at the end of their lifecycle.
  • In Virginia, you are not required to recycle standard household alkaline batteries (AA, AAA, C, D and 9 volt).

GOOD TO DO

Disposal

  • Alkaline batteries can be safely placed in the trash if you tape the ends of each battery with masking tape and package multiple batteries in a plastic bag before placing into the trash can.
  • Residents and businesses can use the Call2Recycle website to locate a rechargeable battery recycling drop off location nearby.
  • Municipal Battery Disposal and Recycling Programs:
    • Newport News residents can bring rechargeable household batteries to the Recovery Operations Center located at 550 Atkinson Way, Newport News. Alkaline batteries are not accepted.
    • All other Peninsula residents can bring rechargeable batteries to any of the numerous VPPSA household hazardous waste events throughout the year. Alkaline batteries are not accepted.
    • All Southside residents can bring both rechargeable and alkaline batteries to any of the five hazardous waste collection facilities operated by SPSA.
    • Suffolk residents may recycle alkaline batteries at brown bins located at all Suffolk Public Library locations and other convenient places around the city.
    • Virginia Beach residents can also bring rechargeable batteries to the city’s Landfill and Resource Recovery Facility. Alkaline batteries are not accepted.

Saving Money

  • Switch to rechargeable batteries and save money if you’re using more than a dozen or so disposable batteries per year.

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