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Why? Safety of course! Lithium ion batteries may spark fires if improperly handled. Recycling facilities and truck fires have been reported due to batteries becoming damaged by the sorting or heavy equipment crushing the batteries.
The good news is our Household Chemical Waste AND sponsored Residential Electronics Recycling programs will accept rechargeable and small sealed lead batteries for proper disposal. The single-use lithium ion batteries look very similar to alkaline. Please determine what you’re working with first! The batteries should be clearly marked. If you do have lithium batteries please take another moment to tape the contact points to prevent potential sparks.
We don’t accept automotive or marine lead batteries through our programs however they are accepted by most metal scrap yard as well as automotive retailers.