How can Kent County Department of Public Works help?
Explore the waste stream options below for how you can reuse, recycle, compost, or dispose of the item you are trying to get rid of through a KCDPW facility or service.
Alkaline batteries are not reusable as they are not rechargeable.
Alkaline batteries are not made out of compostable materials.
Batteries of any type, including alkaline batteries, should not go in your curbside single-stream recycling cart as it puts recycling trucks and the Recycling Center at increased risk for fire.
Alkaline batteries are especially hard to recycle due to the expensive and tedious nature of the process. Check out some of the Community Disposal Outlets below for any places or programs that recycle these items.
Modern day alkaline batteries no longer contain hazardous materials so they do not need special disposal. Manufacturers used to make alkaline batteries with mercury so they were considered hazardous waste however they stopped around the mid-1990’s.
HOWEVER, other types of batteries, like rechargeable AA, AAA cell batteries, button batteries, rechargeable lithium ion/cadmium batteries like those found in our phones, laptops, power tools, or lead-acid batteries do need to disposed of through household hazardous waste disposal.
Once your alkaline batteries are all used up, they need to be taped (scotch tape, painters tape, etc.) on their terminals (ends of the batteries) so they can be landfilled either in your trash bin with general refuse or brought to one of our disposal facilities:
Below you will find businesses and community outlets that may accept this item/material.