Recycle Your Batteries Safely September 24, 2017 Email As our world has become more digital, it has also gained many batteries. From laptops to cell phones, tablets to headphones, hoverboards to e-cigarettes, the list of battery-powered electronic devices is long. Batteries are banned from the trash because they contain metals and other toxic and corrosive chemicals that can leach into the environment. Many batteries also hold a residual charge, which means they can spark if they come into contact with other metals. A spark can quickly turn into a fire or explosion, so it’s important to dispose of batteries safely. How do you safely dispose of batteries? Follow these tips: Bag or tape batteries individually prior to dropping them off or shipping them to be recycled. Do not use paper-based products to wrap batteries, because they are flammable and can feed a potential fire. Dispose of your batteries as hazardous waste, or look up the type of battery in our Recycling Guide to find a nearby collection site. If you have a battery or cell phone that is damaged — meaning swollen, corroded, leaking or showing burn marks, or if it has been recalled by the manufacturer — do one of the following: Place it in a clear plastic bag and take it to a nearby hazardous waste recycling center, or contact a local Call2Recycle drop-off site to see if it accepts damaged batteries. Do not place a damaged battery in the trash for any reason. Learn more about battery safety at Call2Recycle’s website.