Lead Acid Batteries are banned from Illinois landfills

Automobile batteries are lead-acid batteries. By Illinois law, any business that sells new batteries and replaces them in your vehicle or boat is required to take back your old battery for safe recycling. However, they may charge a fee.

Free Auto/Marine Battery Recycling:

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Recycle Centers (Rockford or Roscoe)

Household Battery Recycling:

Household batteries come in three different kinds:

  • Rechargeable batteries
    • Usually Nickel Cadmium or “NICAD”
    • Some stores that sell these batteries may also take them back
  • Mercury “button” batteries  
    • Commonly found in hearing aids, watches and cameras
    • Bring these to the Household Hazardous Waste Site
    • Some stores who sell these may also take them back
  • Household (alkaline) batteries
    • New alkaline batteries (batteries purchased after 1991) have much smaller amounts of mercury and require no special handling

DO NOT throw batteries in the trash or bury them!

Take them to one of the following facilities for recycling: (Call for availability)

Rechargeable Batteries can be disposed of at most battery, electronics, or home improvement stores.

Non-rechargeable Batteries should be disposed of at the Household Hazardous Waste Site.

 Last Update:  11/30/15