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Batteries

BatteriesHousehold dry-cell batteries (A, AA, AAA, C, D, 9V, 12V, etc, coin, and button) contain high levels of heavy metals, including cadmium, lead and mercury, which can contaminate the environment. The best way to reduce waste with batteries is to invest in a small battery charger and buy rechargeable batteries. Rechargeable batteries make better use of resources, because you can use them multiple times before recycling, and there are many locations to recycle rechargeable batteries.

Battery Recycling

Please see the list of drop-off locations to the right. --->>

To recycle: first tape over the tops of all batteries as they are a potential fire hazard, then place used batteries in a clear resealable plastic bag. Place bagged batteries on ground next to recycling bin or with lidded carts place bag on top of recycling cart. Do not include large wet cell or lead acid batteries (like car, truck, and boat batteries); see below.

Curbside battery recycling programs are no longer an option in most towns. Please check with your City or Village for details specific to your area.

Geneva - Residents may bring their batteries to the Public Works building (1800 South Street, Geneva) from M-F 8am-4pm to drop at the front desk.

Batavia - for Batavia residents only. Household batteries (AAA, AA, C, D, 6-volt, 9-volt, and nickel-cadmium rechargeable) may be dropped off for recycling Monday - Friday (excluding holidays) from 7am-4pm at the Batavia Public Works Facility, 200 N. Raddant Rd.  Please go to the office entrance on west side of building and deposit batteries in the appropriate container in the vestibule area.  Hearing aid, watch, and car batteries are not accepted at Public Works. 

The Northern six townships and Mill Creek may include batteries in your household hazardous waste collection.

Lead-acid Batteries

Car Battery

Larger lead-acid batteries from autos, boats, sump pumps, and the like may be taken to any store that sells these batteries. The store will accept them for free or a small charge. These batteries are totally recycled including the lead plates, battery acid, and plastic case.

They can also be delivered to any Home Depot store, or the Naperville facility, see list.

Batteries

BATTERY
DROP-OFF
LOCATIONS

(free and open to the public 24/7, unless otherwise indicated)

Batavia Public Works
(for Batavia Residents Only)
see left box for more information

Elgin Township Highway Garage  
725 S. McLean Blvd.
Elgin, IL 60123
847-741-2045

Elgin Township - Fire Station
650 Big Timber Road
Elgin, IL 60123
(1/4 mile West of Route 31)
847-741-2045​

Elgin Township - Fire District Annex 
8N709 Stevens Rd.
Elgin, IL 60124

(cnr Hopps and Stevens Roads)
847-741-2045

Elgin Township - Pingree Grove Fire Station 
39W160 Plank Rd.

Elgin, IL 60124​
847-741-2045

Elgin Township - South Elgin Lions Club
560 Fulton St.
South Elgin, IL 60177​
847-741-2045

Geneva Public Works
(Geneva Residents Only)
see left box for more inf​​​ormation

Montgomery Police Department
10 Civic Center Avenue
Montgomery, IL 60538
M-F 8am-4:30pm 

Montgomery, Village of 
Village Hall 200 N. River Street Montgomery, IL 60538                      630-896-8080 ext. 1114                        M-F 8am - 4:30pm

Naperville HHW Facility
156 Fort Hill Drive
Naperville, IL 60540

M-F Public Works Office: 630-420-6095
Drop-off: 9am–2pm every Saturday & Sunday (except holidays)​

Batteries Plus
Aurora: ​2933 Kirk Rd. / 630-820-4880 
Geneva: 1492 S. Randall Rd.
Elgin: 352 S. Elgin Rd. / 847-289-8990
Hours: M-F 8a-8p; Sat 9a-7p; Sun 10a-5p

  • Rechargeable batteries are free to recycle at Batteries Plus.
  • Single-use household (alkaline) batteries are $1 per pound to recycle and you get a store credit of equivalent value!

 

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