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Alkaline - Dry Cell Batteries

Motivated by state and federal law, technological improvements have reduced the toxic components such as mercury in many standard battery types such as alkaline.  Common household alkaline batteries (AA, C, and D for example) can be disposed of in the trash.

First Choice Computer Recycling, Batteries Plus, or the Clean Sweep Events will recycle these for a fee.  Call ahead for pricing.

Button and Lithium Batteries

Button batteries are commonly used in hearing aids and watches may be returned to jewelry stores or hearing aid businesses.  Both lithium and button batteries can be recycled at a Clean Sweep Event.

Rechargeable Batteries

Can be recycled, free of charge, through retail stores where customers often purchase items which require nickel cadmium batteries.  These batteries can be returned to the following stores for recycling:

  • Batteries Plus 3115 E. Hamilton
  • Best Buy 4090 Common Wealth Avenue
  • Planning and Development County Courthouse
  • Rassbach Communications 405 N Hastings Plaza
  • Sears 4720 Golf Road
  • Verizon Wireless 3755 Oakwood Mall Drive

Lead Acid or Automotive Batteries

Most retailers in Wisconsin who sell automotive batteries are required to accept a used one at no charge at the time of a new battery purchase.  They may give credit towards the purchase of a new battery if buying a replacement at the same time. If not purchasing a battery, retailers may charge a recycling fee for an old battery. Scrap yards, depending on the market price for lead, take automotive batteries and may give a small payment for the value of the metal.

Visit the Automotive or Scrap Metal page for recycling options.

Automotive, or lead acid batteries, account for over 70% of the 945,000 tons of lead produced each year by secondary lead smelters.  This is the result of the consumption of nearly 80 million lead acid batteries every year for car and light truck use.  The average battery contains 18 pounds of the metal.