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Car and Power Tool Batteries
  • Automobiles, motorcycles, and many other items use Lead-acid batteries. These batteries can often be recycled at auto repair stores and auto parts stores. Call your local store to confirm that they will accept your battery.
  • Power tools use a variety of battery types, including Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cad), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) and Lithium-ion (Li-ion).  All Lowes and Home Depot stores will accept batteries from power tools, as well as some other battery types.  
  • SWACO Household Hazardous Waste facility and the SWACO Recycling Convenience Center will accept batteries for free.
  • Batteries should never be put in your curbside or drop-off recycling container. They can cause fires at the local recycling facility and put recycling workers at risk.
  • Safety first! In order to safely prepare batteries for recycling either place each battery in its own clear plastic bag before placing it in a storage container or tape the battery terminals with clear packing tape or non-conductive electrical or duct tape, keeping the label visible so that the battery type can be identified.
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