What Can I Recycle?

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Recycling batteries and cellphones has never been easier

Here’s an easy-to-use guide for recycling batteries and other items that we are commonly asked about. Just click on the information icons beside the products below, for more information on the products, their typical applications and how to recycle them.

Want to recycle an item not listed here? Visit 1.800.RECYCLING.com or Earth911.com for a great list of recycling options.

 

Batteries We Recycle It Can Be Recycled Learn More
Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd) learn more
Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) learn more
Small Sealed Lead Acid (SSLA/Pb) learn more
Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) learn more
Nickel Zinc (Ni-ZN) learn more
Alkaline/Single-Use learn more
Lithium Primary Batteries learn more
Automotive/Wet Cell learn more
Cellphones We Recycle It Can Be Recycled Learn More
Cellphones learn more
Cellphone Chargers learn more
Accessories learn more
Electronics We Recycle It Can Be Recycled Learn More
PC & Laptop Compters learn more
Tablets learn more
MP3 Players learn more
Video Game & Handheld Game Systems learn more
Modems/Routers learn more
Cordless Telephones learn more
Printers learn more
Audio Equipment learn more
Answering Machines learn more
Other We Recycle It Can Be Recycled Learn More
Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs) learn more

Nickel Cadmium (ni-cd) batteries

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commonly found in…

Cordless power tools, cordless phones, digital cameras and video cameras, two-way radios, biomedical equipment, professional video cameras.

where 2 recycle

Please visit the Call2Recycle Drop-off Locator

why should I recycle it

Cadmium is considered a toxic material and its disposal by businesses is regulated by the government. If it enters into the solid waste stream, the processing can have a significant impact on the environment and waste management processes. Ni-Cd batteries should be responsibly recycled and kept from the solid waste stream.

Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) batteries

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commonly found in…

Cellphones, cordless power tools, cordless phones digital cameras, two-way radios, laptop computers, tablets and e-readers, two-way radios.

where 2 recycle

Please visit the Call2Recycle Drop-off Locator

why should I recycle it

Lithium ion batteries should not enter the solid waste stream and disposal is regulated in the United States when high volumes are involved. They can be easily recycled and their byproducts used to create new products.

Small Sealed Lead Acid (SSLA/Pb)

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commonly found in…

Mobility scooters, fire emergency devices, UPS systems, hospital equipment, emergency lighting.

where 2 recycle

Please visit the Call2Recycle Drop-off Locator

why should I recycle it

The SSLA’s high lead content is considered toxic and its disposal is regulated by the US government. SSLA batteries that enter the solid waste stream can have a significant impact on both the environment and waste management processes. SSLA batteries should be responsibly recycled and kept from the solid waste stream.

Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH)

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commonly found in…

Cellphones, cordless power tools, digital cameras, two-way radios.

where 2 recycle

Please visit the Call2Recycle Drop-off Locator

why should I recycle it

The Ni-MH battery contains mild toxins and should not enter the solid waste stream. Their materials can be recycled easily and used to create new products. In states like New York, disposing of any type of rechargeable battery in the trash is illegal.

Nickel Zinc (Ni-ZN)

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commonly found in…

Digital cameras, wireless keyboards, small electronics.

where 2 recycle

Please visit the Call2Recycle Drop-off Locator

why should I recycle it

The Ni-Zn battery contains mild toxins and should not enter the solid waste stream. Their materials can be recycled easily and used to create new products. In states like New York, disposing of any type of rechargeable battery in the trash is illegal.

Cellphones

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products

All types of cellphones and batteries are accepted regardless of size, make, model or age.

where 2 recycle

Please visit the Call2Recycle Drop-off Locator

why should I recycle it

Cellphones and their batteries are one of the easiest electronics to recycle. They can be refurbished for resale or recycled and the materials used in new products.

Tip: We recommend that you remove the personal information on your phone, although it is not required. In the recycling process, the memory on the phones is destroyed and reusable materials are recycled before they are resold. If you want to remove the information from your phone, you can consult your cellphone user manual, manufacturer’s web site or “How to Erase Your Data,” by The Wire Alliance, one of our processors.

Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs)

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where 2 recycle
  • Visit the U.S. EPA web site for suggestions of CFL drop-off locations as well as mail-back services.
  • Check with your local solid waste department and county recycling centers/transfer stations to see if they have a collection program.
  • Visit Earth911.com for a list of nearby merchants who accept CFLs for recycling.
why should I recycle it

CFLs contain mercury and should be responsibly recycled to keep this toxic chemical from the solid waste stream.

Small Electronics

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products

Laptops, tablets, MP-3 players, handheld game players, modem, routers, cordless telephones, printers, audio equipment, answering machines, PCs, video gaming systems

where 2 recycle
  • Check the product manufacturers’ website for take-back programs.
  • Visit Earth911.com and the Electronics Take-Back Coalition for recycling options.
  • NOTE: Remove batteries from your electronics and check to see if they need to be recycled separately through Call2Recycle. Check the drop-off locator for collection sites near you.
why should I recycle it

Electronic products are made from valuable resources and materials, such as metals, plastics, and glass. These all need energy to mine and manufacture. Donating or recycling consumer electronics conserves our natural resources and enables companies to use the recycled byproducts in new products.

Cellphone Chargers & Accessories

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products

Cellphones chargers and accessories, such as headsets and headphones.

where 2 recycle
  • Check with your cell phone provider to see if they accept old cell phone chargers and accessories. Most providers accept any cell phone and its accessories, including chargers.
  • Drop your cell phone charger off at specific retailers and service providers that partner with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to promote cell phone recycling. To see a list of participating companies, visit ecyclingcentral.org.
why should I recycle it

Electronic products are made from valuable resources and materials, such as metals, plastics, and glass. These all need energy to mine and manufacture. Donating or recycling consumer electronics conserves our natural resources and enables companies to use the byproducts in the manufacture of new products.

Lithium Primary Batteries

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commonly found in

Car keyless entry remotes, watches, pacemakers, hearing aids, memory backup fire alarm devices, military electronics.

where 2 recycle

Please visit Earth911.com for recycling options.

why should I recycle it

Primary lithium batteries contain metallic lithium which reacts with moisture. Exposed lithium from charged batteries can cause slow-burning landfill fires. We encourage you to recycle these batteries rather than dispose of them in the solid waste stream to protect our environment.

Alkaline/Single-Use Batteries

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commonly found in

Alarm clocks, calculators, flashlights, TV remote controls, remote control toys

where 2 recycle

Please visit Earth911.com for recycling options.

why should I recycle it

The newest generation of alkaline batteries is considered environmentally friendly. However, some places like California, have made it illegal to dispose of single-use batteries in the trash. Keeping them out of the solid waste stream is a good idea. Plus, their materials can be recycled easily into new products.

Automotive & Wet-Cell Batteries

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commonly found in…

Automobile batteries, standby power for switchgear, telecommunication or large uninterruptible power supplies

where 2 recycle
  • Return to the auto dealership or retail store where you are purchasing a replacement.
  • Check with local auto repair, auto supply or auto service centers.
  • AAA holds a Great Battery Roundup with multiple collection points on Earth Day (April 22).
  • Check with your local solid waste department and county recycling centers/transfer stations for collection programs.
  • Visit Earth911.com for a list of nearby merchants who accept car batteries for recycling.
why should I recycle it

Wet-cell batteries contain lead and sulfuric acid. These chemicals are considered hazardous and should be disposed of properly. Recycling of this battery helps protect our natural resources.

We don’t recycle this, but you still can!

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where 2 recycle
  • Visit the U.S. EPA web site for suggestions of CFL drop-off locations as well as mail-back services.
  • Check with your local solid waste department and county recycling centers/transfer stations to see if they have a collection program.
  • Visit Earth911.com for a list of nearby merchants who accept CFLs for recycling.
why should I recycle it

WHAT GOES HERE.

 

Call2Recycle® is a product stewardship program providing no-cost battery and cellphone recycling solutions across the U.S. and Canada. Operated by Call2Recycle, Inc., a 501(c)4 nonprofit public service organization, the program is funded by battery and product manufacturers committed to responsible recycling.