How to Dispose of Batteries: A Simple Guide

Household batteries How to dispose of batteries is a common question we are asked in Greyhound. Batteries are a household item that we use every day. From our TV remote control, to our car key fob, to the toys our children play with– batteries power many of our daily activities.

However, once batteries are drained, they can pose a serious environmental risk if not properly disposed of. In this blog post, we’ll go over the various types of batteries, their impact on the environment, and how to safely and responsibly dispose of them.

First off, it’s important to understand the various types of batteries. Popular batteries in the market include alkaline, lithium-ion, nickel-metal hydride, and lead-acid batteries. Alkaline batteries are the most common and are non-rechargeable. Lithium-ion batteries are found in mobile devices, laptops, and electric vehicles. Nickel-metal hydride batteries are often used in medical devices and power tools. Finally, lead-acid batteries are found in cars, motorcycles, and lawn equipment. Each battery type contains different chemicals that can pose a risk to the environment when not disposed of properly.


Improper disposal of batteries can lead to a number of negative consequences. If batteries are sent to landfills, they risk leaking toxic chemicals into the soil and water. When batteries are incinerated, they emit dangerous pollutants including lead and mercury. When batteries decompose, they may also release flammable gases which pose a serious risk to employees working at recycling centers sites.


To avoid these environmental hazards, it is important to recycle batteries and dispose of them properly. There are multiple ways to recycle batteries. Simply locate your local recycling center and inquire about their battery recycling programs. Many retailers such as Best Buy, Home Depot, and Lowe’s accept batteries for recycling. Additionally, many cities and towns have battery recycling programs that will take care of the batteries for you.

But what about rechargeable batteries? While these batteries are less harmful to the environment due to their reusability, they still need to be recycled properly when they reach their worst. Rechargeable batteries can be recycled in the same way as regular batteries, although many retailers have specialized recycling programs for them.

Finally, ensure that you know how to store batteries safely before recycling them. Keep batteries in their original packaging, or otherwise cover the positive and negative ends with electrical tape. If batteries are stored improperly, they may short-circuit or start leaking and cause injury or damage.


In conclusion, batteries are an important part of our daily lives, but they can pose a serious environmental risk if not disposed of properly. Understanding the various types of batteries, their impact on the environment, and how to recycle them safely and responsibly will ensure that they don’t end up harming our environment. Make sure to find a recycling center or take advantage of recycling programs offered by local retailers to recycle batteries. Remember, small actions can have a big impact, so let’s all do our part to protect our planet.

Further reading

The danger of putting batteries in a bin