Though batteries come in all sizes and uses, Palm Beach County residents can take all the harmful ones to the same place: The Solid Waste Authority’s Home Chemical and Recycling Centers!
While regular alkaline batteries (AA, AAA, C, D and 9 volt) can be placed in your garbage, any other type of battery (rechargeable, nickel-cadmium, automotive, lithium-ion, cell phone, lead-acid) requires special consideration. Improper disposal can hurt public health and our environment.
According to a recent study published by the American Chemical Society, rechargeable lithium batteries (the kind used in many cell phones) “…may contribute substantially to environmental pollution and adverse human health impacts due to potentially toxic materials.” Those toxic materials include cobalt, copper, nickel, chromium, lead and thallium.
Fortunately, Palm Beach County residents can dispose of rechargeable (non-alkaline) batteries at any of the SWA's seven Home Chemical and Recycling Centers:
In addition to these locations, many major retailers will recycle batteries for free, and have drop-off containers placed near the front of the store. Commercial interests should call 561-687-1100 for disposal options.
Remember, pollution prevention starts at home. Visit SWA.org/HCRC or call 561-697-2700 or 866-SWA-INFO (toll-free) to learn more about the Solid Waste Authority’s Home Chemical and Recycling Facilities.