Alkaline (regular household batteries, i.e, Duracell, may be thrown in regular trash, all others need to go to one of the Household Hazard Waste Events.
Lithium batteries pose a fire and explosion risk when compacted, so they should not be included in regular trash. They should be taken to a hazardous waste event to be disposed of. Rechargeable batteries also can be taken to any household hazardous waste event for recycling or put in drop boxes located at the entrance of most Lowes and Home Depot stores. Most rechargeable batteries consist of the following:
- Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd)
- Nickel Metal (Ni-MH)
- Lithium Ion (Li-ion)
- Nickel Zinc (Ni-Zn)