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Kathleen Hennings
515-725-8359
Kathleen.Hennings@dnr.iowa.gov

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Rechargeable batteries are becoming more common and our found in a variety of items in our households.

Although they last longer than conventional batteries they eventually lose power, and  when they cannot be recharged, they need special handling. Due to the presence of corrosive chemicals, toxins such as mercury and lead, and charged electrodes, all batteries pose hazards and risk of fire, but the biggest risk lies with rechargeable batteries. 

Rechargeable batteries cannot be placed in the trash and should never be tossed in your recycling bin. When an item is labeled "recyclable", that simply means it can be recycled in some way; it doesn't mean that it can be put in your recycling bin. Rechargeable, Lithium Ion batteries can be recycled, but only at specified locations.

To find your nearest facility contact your local solid waste agency, or Regional Collection Center.


Why should you recycle rechargeable batteries?
  • Battery Infographic
  • Video - Watt to Do
  • Video - Battery Champion
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