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. KNIB will take your car or marine batteries for recycling.

Free Auto/Marine Battery Recycling:

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Recycle Centers (Rockford or Machesney Park)

Household Battery Recycling:

Household batteries come in three different varieties:

  • Rechargeable batteries
    • Usually Nickel Cadmium or “NICAD”
    • The Household Hazardous Waste Site will take these
  • 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

 Last Update:  8/25/20