Proper Battery Disposal


Alkaline Batteries

Alkaline batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, 9V), also known as single use or general purpose batteries, are typically used in flashlights, toys and other household items. These can be disposed in the trash.

Rechargeable Batteries  

Rechargeable batteries include nickel-cadmium (NiCd) or nickel metal hydride (NiMH) batteries that are used in digital cameras and other high-tech devices and lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries used in laptops and mobile devices. Never place these types of batteries in any of the curbside collection carts because they can overheat, explode and cause fires. Rechargeable batteries can be dropped off at the fire stations listed below and Arlington County’s Household HazMat (HHM) facility.

Small “Button Cell” Batteries

Small “button cell” batteries, commonly found in wristwatches, hearing
aids and calculators, contain silver oxide and mercury and must be
recycled. If a professional retailer replaces this type of battery they will
usually recycle the old one for you.

Battery Collection Points

Fire Stations Accepting Rechargeable, Lithium, Silver Oxide and Mercury Batteries

  • Regular household (alkaline and zinc carbon) batteries should be disposed of in your regular trash collection.
  • Rechargeable batteries, as well as lithium, silver oxide, and mercury batteries, should be dropped off in special collection boxes located at most Arlington County fire stations or at the HHM Facility.
  • Car batteries can be collected with curbside recycling. You need to submit a request by calling 703-228-5000. Car batteries can also be dropped off at the HHM Facility.