Non-rechargeable Alkaline Batteries (AAA, AA, C, D, 9V) are wasteful, but not hazardous, you can dispose with trash. Since it takes many times more energy to make a battery than you get out of it, it is better to use rechargeable batteries.
Lithium Ion (Li-ion) but not Lithium
Small Sealed Lead and Automotive batteries are banned from disposal due to their content, and may have some scrap value.
Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd)
Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH)
Many retailers have collection boxes for rechargeable, lithium and button batteries, including many hardware stores, Best Buy, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Sears, and Staples. Find locations near you by visiting the Call2Recycle website.
The town has a collection box at its recycling center. You can also recycle at Braintree’s Household Hazardous Waste Days.
Visit the Call2Recycle website and understand how it provides the collection boxes at these locations for the following hazardous battery types commonly found in cordless power tools, cellular and cordless phones, laptop computers, camcorders, digital cameras, and remote control toys:
Small Sealed Lead and Automotive batteries are banned from disposal due to their lead content, and may have some scrap value.
Alternative Battery Disposal
Advanced Auto Parts and all Auto Zone stores accept automotive batteries
Batteries can be returned (traded in) where you purchase a new one
Many service stations will accept automotive batteries
If you are a member of AAA they offer disposal and recycling of your car battery
Conway Scrap Metal accepts automotive batteries for a fee. 36 Vincent Street Whitman, MA 02382 Phone: 781-447-2534
Spiegel South Shore Scrap accepts automotive batteries for a fee. 175 E Ashland Street Brockton, MA 02302 Phone: 508-897-0008