In order to prevent battery-related fires, new Federal regulations were established for transporting single-use Lithium and rechargeable Lithium-Ion batteries by the Department of Transportation.
Single-Use Alkaline and Lithium Batteries:
Single-use Alkaline batteries AAA, AA, C, D 6v & 9v are non-hazardous and may be safely disposed with household trash. Single-use Lithium batteries can also be disposed with household trash, but always place individual Lithium batteries in a plastic zip baggie, wrap it in plastic film or tape the terminal end before disposing in the garbage to eliminate the risk of sparking a fire.
Lithium batteries look amazingly similar to Alkaline batteries, the best way to know is to read the label
Rechargeable Nickel Cadmium (NiCd), Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMh), and Lithium-Ion batteries contain mercury and other heavy metals and should be recycled. Usually, these batteries are embedded in a product and residents should never try to remove them.
Automotive and Other Batteries:
Lead acid batteries used for automotive, marine and sump pumps are prohibited by IL State law from being disposed of in the trash. See SWANCC’s Reuse and Recycling Directory for outlets for getting rid of these batteries.
Find a location to recycle batteries:
Call2Recycle offers pre-paid boxes and partners with retail stores such as Best Buy, Home Depot and Lowes that accept lithium and rechargeable batteries only – NO alkaline batteries! Go to call2recycle.org/locator for more information.
Call2Recycle - www.call2recycle.org or www.avoidthespark.com
Find a battery recycling company by searching for batteries on SWANCC’s Reuse and Recycling Directory.