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. Please recycle them if possible.
Curbside battery recycling programs are no more (for the most part, although the Village of North Aurora still allows you to place bagged batteries on top of your cart for curbside collection).
Everyone else, please do not them near or on your curbside bin! 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 before delivering to a drop-off.
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.
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, Geneva and Mill Creek 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.