Disposal Practice for Household Batteries

Homeowner Disposal Practices for Household Batteries Are Changing in New Jersey 

Effective January 1, 2010, many New Jersey Counties will change collection practices due to new federal Department of Transportation regulatory changes and less hazardous battery compositions.
 
Since the New Jersey Dry Cell Battery Management Act was adopted in 1991 and the Federal Mercury-Containing and Rechargeable Battery Management Act was adopted in 1996, household battery manufacturers have begun manufacturing alkaline batteries with no added mercury and have reduced the amount of mercury added to other batteries. Alkaline batteries now fall below Federal and State hazardous waste standards and can be disposed of in the regular trash.

WHAT TYPES OF BATTERIES SHOULD I RECYCLE?

Rechargeable batteries can be found in cordless power tools, cellular and cordless phones, laptop computers, digital cameras, two-way radios, camcorders, and remote control toys.  Rechargeable batteries sometimes look like regular alkaline batteries. The label on the battery will indicate if it is rechargeable. If it says “Alkaline”, dispose of it in the regular trash.

WHERE CAN I BRING MY RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES FOR RECYCLING?

Rechargeable batteries CAN be recycled at participating retail locations including the following: Radio Shack, Best Buy, Staples, Target, Office Max, Lowes, Home Depot, Sears, Wal-Mart and Verizon Wireless. To find a retail collection site use the collection site locator at  www.call2recycle.org  or call the consumer helpline, 1-877-2-RECYCLE.

WHAT ABOUT BUTTON CELL BATTERIES?

Most button cell batteries still contain mercury. These batteries can be brought to the Household Hazardous Waste events. Log on to  www.njhazwaste.com  to see collection events for your county.
 
Remember, both Rechargeable & Button Cell batteries must be properly prepared before drop off as new Federal regulations have been enacted to prevent short circuiting of batteries during transport.  Resident must individually bag each battery or tape each of the terminal ends prior to recycling.
 
For more information, contact Jennifer Highers at 973-838-5401 ext 233