Battery Disposal

Rechargeable batteries: All types of rechargeable batteries may be brought to Frederick County's 9031 Reichs Ford Road facility for processing as part of our electronics recycling program. They are also collected year round, free of charge, at all Lowes Home Improvement and Home Depot stores.

rechargeable batteries are a fire hazard

Lithium-ion batteries and devices containing them should NOT go in household garbage or recycling bins. These batteries (and devices that contain them, such as robotic vacuums, cordless tools, etc.) are extremely hazardous when placed in the trash. During trash collection and processing, batteries often get punctured or crushed, which can damage the separation between the cathode and anode, causing the battery to catch fire or explode.

Lithium-ion batteries SHOULD be taken to separate electronics recycling drop-off sites or household hazardous waste collection events.

To prevent fires, tape battery terminals and/or place each lithium-ion battery in a separate plastic bag.

Standard Alkaline Batteries may be placed in your household trash for regular disposal.

Lead Acid Batteries may be brought to the 9031 Reichs Ford Road recycling drop off center, for no fee.

Button Batteries sometimes contain mercury. Even if they don’t, they likely contain other toxic and corrosive chemicals and are best disposed as hazardous waste

When storing, transporting or disposing batteries, please use caution to keep them from short-circuiting, overheating or sparking. For lithium-ion batteries, place each individual battery in a separate clear plastic bag. For all other household batteries, use clear packing tape, electrical tape or duct tape across the ends of the batteries to prevent battery ends from touching one another or striking against metal surfaces, then place the batteries in a clear plastic bag for transport, disposal or recycling. Avoid storing batteries in a metal container.

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