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Batteries

Acceptable Materials
  • Vehicle Batteries Only
  • Rechargeable Batteries includes cell phone batteries and any other rechargeable battery for cordless items
Prepare for Discarding
  • Batteries Must Have Caps On
  • Rechargeable batteries must have ends taped to avoid potential fire hazards. Dispose of at the Oconto County Materials Recovery Facility or designated drop off sites.
Rechargeable Battery Recycling Facts:
  • Recycling batteries keeps heavy metals out of landfills and the air. Recycling saves resources because recovered plastic and metals can be used to make new batteries.
  • Americans purchase nearly 3 billion dry-cell batteries every year to power radios, toys, cellular phones, watches, laptop computers, and portable power tools.
  • Inside a battery, heavy metals react with chemical electrolyte to produce the battery’s power.
  • Wet-cell batteries, which contain a liquid electrolyte, commonly power automobiles, boats, or motorcycles.
  • Nearly 99 million wet-cell lead-acid car batteries are manufactured each year.
  • Mercury was phased out of certain types of batteries in conjunction with the “Mercury-Containing and Rechargeable Battery Management Act,” passed in 1996.
Car Battery Recycling Facts:
  • Motor vehicle batteries contain about 18 pounds of lead and about one gallon of corrosive lead-contaminated sulfuric acid
    • Each year, an estimated 70 million spent lead-acid batteries are generated in the U.S. That's 1.25 billion pounds of lead and 70 million gallons of sulfuric acid