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About Single-Use Batteries:

According to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, single-use, non-rechargeable Alkaline batteries AAA, AA, C, D 6v & 9v are classified as "non-hazardous" and may be safely disposed of with normal household waste. When possible, recycle Alkaline batteries so that zinc, manganese, brass and steel can be recovered.

Single-use, non-rechargable Lithium batteries are replacing alkaline due to their longer-lasting power, but pose a fire risk if terminal ends rub together.  Lithium batteries may also be disposed in the household trash, but it is prudent to recycle them when possible.  Before disposing or recycling a single-use lithium battery, put each lithium battery in a plastic zip baggie, wrap it in plastic film or tape the terminal end with electrical or duct tape.

Alkaline and Lithium batteries look similar, read the label to know the difference.

Call2Recycle partners with retail stores that accept Lithium and other rechargable batteries - visit www.call2recycle/locator to find a location.

About Rechargeable Batteries:

Rechargeable batteries Nickel Cadmium (NiCd), Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMh), Lithium Ion, and Small Sealed Lead Acid contain mercury and other heavy metals and should be recycled.  There are many retail stores (Ace Hardware, Best Buy, IKEA, Lowes, Staples, Target, etc.) that accept rechargeable batteries.  Call retail stores to confirm acceptable batteries. To avoid the risk of cross-contact of battery terminals, which can cause a spark and create a fire, place a piece of electrical or duct tape over each terminal or contact point.

BEWARE of lithium and lithium ion batteries that show signs of swelling, smoking, leaking or overheating!  Immediately put them in an absorbent, non-flammable material, such as sand or kitty litter and store in a cool, dry area.  Take to a Household Chemical Waste facility.  NEVER put a damaged lithium battery in the garbage or a recycling cart.

About Lead Acid Batteries:

Lead acid batteries automotive, marine and sump pump are prohibited by IL State law from being disposed of in the trash.  See the following outlets for getting rid of these batteries at a gas station, auto parts, and other retail stores.

Outlets that accept rechargeable and automotive batteries for recycling are listed below:

All Batteries:
Call 2 Recycle
(877) 273-2925
Enter zip code for participating locations.
Businesses, retailers and schools may participate. Accepts most rechargeable batteries.
Also recycles cell phones.

Abt Electronics
1200 N Milwaukee Ave, Glenview
(847) 967-8830
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday:  1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Closed: Wednesday and Sunday
Also recycles most electronics, large appliances and small appliances (e.g., computers, hair dryers, microwaves, toasters, humidifiers), cardboard, white polystyrene (styrofoam) and plastic packaging material. There is a fee for TVs based on size, check the website for prices. Large quantities of computers or other electronics will also be accepted, at a cost of $0.40 per pound. Please bring your recyclables to the Recycling Center, the freestanding building located just west of the main building. Abt does not accept glass, light bulbs including Christmas lights, cd/DVD/VHS tapes, and styrofoam peanuts.

Batteries Plus
905 E Rand Rd, Mount Prospect
(847) 818-0659.
409 S Rand Road, Lake Zurich
(847) 550-6545
Accepts Lead-acid (Pb) Batteries, Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) Batteries, Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) Batteries, and Lithium
Ion (Li-Ion) & Lithium Polymer.  See specific locations for details more details.

Battery Solutions
(800) 852-8127
Provides pre-paid buckets for battery recycling.

Chicago Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Facility
1150 N North Branch St, Chicago
Operated by the City of Chicago and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA).
Tuesdays: 7:00 am to 12:00 pm
Thursdays: 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
1st Saturday of the month: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Residential waste only (no business/commercial sector waste)
Accepts all types of batteries, except alkaline (household). This facility accepts many additional items for recycling. See
the website for details.

Naperville Household Hazardous Waste Facility
156 Fort Hill Drive
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday
Accepts batteries(including automotive, marine, and sump pump). This facility accepts many additional items for recycling.
See site for details.
(630) 420-6095

Car Batteries (Lead- Acid Batteries):
See alsoAutomotive Products for local service stations that accept car batteries at no cost.

Interstate Batteries of Chicagoland
1160 Flex Court, Lake Zurich
(847) 726-0407
Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 4:00 pm, Saturday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Accepts lead-acid (automotive), alkaline, Ni-Cd, and lithium batteries at no cost.
Hearing Aid/Watch Batteries (button cell) (Lithium Ion/Mercury Batteries):
See Ni-Cd Section or check with a jeweler, watchmaker or retailer that replaces watch and hearing aid batteries.
NOTE: Lithium/Ni-Cd batteries are usually accepted at IEPA Household Chemical Waste collection events. Refer to the
HCW Information section for the location nearest you.

Nickel-Cadmium Batteries (Ni-Cd)*:
Cordless/cellular phones, camcorder, power tools, rechargeable household batteries, and laptop batteries
NOTE: Many Ace, Best Buy, Lowes,  Motorola, OfficeMax, RadioShack, Sears, Staples, Target, US Cellular, Verizon and
Wal-Mart locations accept Ni-Cd rechargeable batteries.

Best Buy
Recycling kiosks are available at all stores for rechargeable batteries, see website for more details.

Accepts rechargeable batteries at in-store recycling centers. Also recycles CFLs and plastic shopping bags.
NOTE: Many Sears Automotive Centers, K-Mart, Sam’s Club, and Wal-Mart stores will accept car, motorcycle, boat, sump
pump and tractor lead-acid batteries (check local phone directory for their exact locations). Also, check with a boating store
for boat and sump pump battery recycling.

Updated 09-12-18

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