Other Batteries

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.

Donate or Reuse
Compost
Recycling Cart
Special Collection Recycling
Proper Disposal
Trash

Batteries that are rechargeable should be able to be used over and over again until they wear out.

Batteries are not made out of compostable materials.

Batteries of any type, including rechargeable or button or lead-acid 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.

Rechargeable AA/AAA cell batteries, button batteries, rechargeable batteries like those found in our phones, laptops, power tools, or lead-acid batteries contain hazardous materials. These hazardous materials might be heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, and nickel so they need to be handled by our SafeChem-Household Hazardous Waste program staff prior to recycling (see the Hazardous Waste tab).

Additionally, some of the Community Disposal Outlets below recycle select types of batteries.

Rechargeable AA, AAA, etc. cell batteries, button batteries, rechargeable lithium ion/cadmium batteries like those found in our phones, laptops, power tools, or lead-acid batteries need to be disposed of through any of our five SafeChem-Household Hazardous Waste Disposal sites during designated service hours. The link can provide you with the details of this FREE program!

No batteries from commercial operations such as businesses, schools, non-profits, etc. Please see our Community Disposal Outlets listed below for commercial battery recyclers.

Please note that modern day alkaline batteries no longer contain hazardous materials so they do not need special disposal. Please reference our Alkaline Batteries resource page for more details.

Because these types of batteries contain hazardous materials, they are prohibited by the State of Michigan and Environmental Protection Agency from going into the landfill or waste to energy facility. These types of batteries should not go in your curbside trash cart as it puts trash trucks and our trash disposal sites at increased risk for fire.

Community Resources

Below you will find businesses and community outlets that may accept this item/material.

Allendale True Value
5425 Lake Michigan Dr
Allendale, MI 49401
616-895-5400

Accepts power equipment batteries (no fee) and latex paint (for a fee).

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Batteries Unlimited
3662 Clyde Park SW
Wyoming, MI 49509
616-534-1142

Accepts scrap batteries, including cell phone batteries, hearing aid batteries, etc.  No alkaline batteries.

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Best Buy
3410 Alpine Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49544
616-785-6779

Accepts TVs and videos, computers and tablets, cell phones and radios, appliances, ink and toner, rechargeable batteries, audio, home, music and movies, video games and gadgets, cameras and camcorders, car audio and video and GPS.  Please visit the website for a complete list of what is or is not accepted for recycling.

Some items may have fees associated with recycling.

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Call2Recycle – Rechargeable Battery Recycling Coalition
877-723-1297

Accepts rechargeable batteries, single use batteries (only at specific locations and for a fee), damaged or recalled batteries, cellphones and their batteries.

Multiple locations. Search for nearby location by clicking here!

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Comprenew
616-451-4400

Accepts office and household electronics, computer components and accessories, satellite (DISH or Direct TV) dishes, and other e-waste.  Please visit the website for a complete list of what is or is not accepted for recycling.

Some items may have fees associated with recycling.

Multiple locations.

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Grainger
3803 Roger B Chaffee SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49548
616-241-6781

Provides Call2Recycle boxes for local businesses to begin a battery recycling program.

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Hilti
4503 Clay Avenue NW
Wyoming, MI 49548
800-879-8000

Accepts rechargeable batteries.

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Home Depot
800-466-3337

Accepts power tool batteries and CFL bulbs (no tube lights).

Multiple locations.

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Interstate Batteries
3515 Stadium Dr
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
269-488-6587

Accepts scrap batteries, rechargeable batteries, and occasionally alkaline batteries (at a cost).

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Lowe’s Home Improvement
800-445-6937

Accepts appliances, plastic plant trays/pots/tags, rechargeable batteries, cell phones, CFL bulbs (no tubes), and plastic shopping bags.

Multiple locations.

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Staples
800-333-3330

Accepts office/consumer electronics, ink/toner cartridges, rechargeable batteries, and confidential documents for shredding.  No TVs or appliances.  Please visit the website for a complete list of what is or is not accepted for recycling.

Multiple locations.

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T&W Electronics
1045 S Division
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
616-241-3645

Accepts rechargeable batteries.

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Waste Management, Inc.
866-797-9018

Accepts compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), batteries, household electronics, and syringes/lancets.

Mail-in program.

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