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Some household batteries can be harmful to our health and the environment when disposed of improperly. Check the label on the battery to identify the battery type and follow the disposal methods below.

Garbage  Place non-rechargeable alkaline and carbon zinc (heavy-duty) batteries in the garbage. Common sizes for these batteries are: A, AA, AAA, C, D, N, 9-volt and lantern.  


Bring lithium, button and rechargeable nickel cadmium (Ni-Cd) batteries to The Recycling Zone or one of the businesses listed below. These batteries are used in items such as flashlights, radios, calculators, watches, hearing aids, phones, power tools, cell phones, pagers, musical greeting cards and balloons, camcorders, toys, PDAs and handheld electronics.

The following businesses accept batteries for recycling. Call first.

Advanced Recyclers, Inc.
8980 S. Highway 149
Inver Grove Heights, MN 

Batteries Plus
Many locations in Dakota County. Go to their website for addresses.

Certified Recycling
14305 Ewing Ave.
Burnsville, MN 

There are a number of retail drop-off locations, such as Home Depot, Best Buy and Radio Shack, that accept rechargeable batteries through the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation. Call 1-800-8-BATTERY (1-800-822-8837) or visit their website. 

Battery packaging tip: A depleted battery may still contain a residual charge. Place each battery into an individual plastic bag or place non-conductive tape (electrical) over the battery terminals to prevent short-circuiting during storage and transport.
Information on this page applies to  households ONLY.  Different rules may apply to businesses in Dakota County.

Last updated: 3/4/2014 5:39 AM