How and where can I recycle my batteries?

No general household battery recycling system exists in the USA. Because Lead Acid and Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) batteries are required to be recycled to keep them from hazardous waste consideration, special systems have been set up to promote their collection. Both of these products have recycling logos affixed to the battery and a telephone number or address identified on the label to assist you.

Other battery types, while not requiring recycling, can also be recycled. These include Rechargeable Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) batteries and Lithium Ion batteries.

For your convenience, RAYOVAC® has been a proud supporter of the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC). The RBRC runs a free recycling program for consumers, allowing you to return your used rechargeable batteries at retail locations across the country. For specific information, please visit the RBRC website.

Also note that Silver Oxide batteries, most often used as watch batteries, can usually be returned at the retail location it was purchased from.

To find a battery recycling location, go to

Zinc Air batteries, used in hearing aids, cannot be easily recycled and are considered general household trash when they are drained. Please throw these out in the trash, collecting or saving them can present a choking hazard to children. In case of accidental swallowing or insertion, call the National Capital Poison Center Hotline 1-800-222-1222 or 202-625-3333 (collect) IMMEDIATELY (TTY 800-222-1222).