How to Dispose of Lithium Ion Batteries

By Cate De Leon

Lithium ion batteries are recyclable and should be recycled to be properly disposed. There are many popular retailers that will collect and recycle lithium ion batteries for you so that you can do your part in helping the environment by keeping batteries out of landfills.

Step 1

Identify and gather all lithium ion batteries to be disposed. Lithium ion batteries are rechargeable batteries, and are typically used in cell phones, laptops, cordless power tools and digital cameras.

Step 2

Locate a place that collects and recycles lithium ion batteries. To search online, go to and enter your zip code ,or if you prefer to locate a place by phone, dial 1-877-2-RECYCLE to find the nearest retailer that collects lithium ion batteries.

Step 3

Once you have chosen a retailer near you, call the place to which you plan to bring your lithium ion batteries. Make sure you confirm that they collect batteries at that location and anything else you might need to know before dropping off your batteries.

Step 4

Place each individual battery inside a plastic bag. There should be one battery per plastic bag. You may do this step either at home before going to the drop off location, or at the actual place where plastic bags might be available. If you do not have plastic bags, the lithium ion batteries can be covered with electrical, duct or masking tape.

Step 5

Bring the lithium ion batteries to be recycled at the collection site. Some retailers that will accept batteries are Target, RadioShack, Staples, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Sears, AT&T and Verizon Wireless.

Tips & Warnings

  • Never throw away lithium ion batteries as waste, as they have a chance of exploding when incinerated.

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