Household 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.
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 - has a household hazardous waste collection program for Geneva residents, which includes batteries. Alternately, 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.
Geneva, Mill Creek, and the Northern six townships may include batteries in your household hazardous waste collection.
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.