Battery Recycling

Rechargeable Batteries

Rechargeable batteries include Nickel-Cadmium (Ni-Cad), lithium ion, nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH), and small sealed lead acid batteries. These are found in cell phones, toys, power tools, laptop computer batteries, cordless phones, digital cameras and many other items.

Rechargeable batteries contain heavy metals such as lead, mercury and cadmium all of which are on the EPA’s list of persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic chemicals. Rechargeable batteries disposed into the solid waste stream can end up in landfills or incinerators polluting the air and water. Once in the air and water these heavy metals can build up in the food chain causing harm to people and the environment.

Alkaline Batteries

Alkaline and carbon-zinc dry cell batteries dated after 1996, also called “primary batteries” do not contain mercury and can be recycled at the Bennington, Northshire, Pownal and Sunderland Transfer Stations and at locations listed below and Call2Recycle. Alkaline and carbon-zinc dry cell batteries dated before 1996 may contain mercury and should be discarded at household hazardous waste events.

Preparing Batteries for Disposal

Requirements may vary, but both ends of batteries should be covered with electrical tape, clear packing tape or duct tape. This is to prevent possible sparking if batteries touch metal, which could cause a fire. In general, this is not required for primary batteries, but some locations require taping anyway, so it may be best to tape the batteries. For button batteries, lay out a line of tape, place the batteries on the tape and then lay another line across the top to seal them all in two lines of tape. Damaged batteries may require special packaging so contact the disposal location below for instructions.

Locations Accepting Alkaline and Rechargeable Batteries
Name Address Phone Notes
EZ Way Rental Center 115 County St
Bennington, VT 05201
(802) 442-8393 – Rechargeable batteries
– Alkaline batteries
– Single use batteries
– Cell phones
Town of Pownal Town Transfer Station
Maple Grove Rd. Pownal, VT 05261
(802) 379-1470 – Rechargeable batteries
– Alkaline batteries
– Single use batteries
– Cell phones
The Home Depot 121 N. Bennington Rd., Bennington, VT (802) 447-9997 – Rechargeable batteries
– Alkaline batteries
– Single use batteries
– Cell phones
Staples 5 Kocher Dr., Bennington, VT (802) 442-3919 – Call first
– Individual batteries cannot exceed 12 lbs.
R.K. Miles Inc. 691 Depot St., Manchester (802) 447-5645 – Rechargeable batteries

Batteries are also accepted at the Bennington, Northshire and Sunderland Transfer Stations.

“Button” Batteries Containing Mercury

Button batteries can be recycled for free at participating pharmacies through the Button Cell Battery Recycling Project. Alkaline manganese, silver oxide, zinc-air, and mercuric-oxide button batteries all contain mercury. These are found in hearing aids, watches, calculators, and digital thermometers.

Most button batteries contain high amounts of mercury along with silver, cadmium, lithium and other heavy metals. Mercury is known to accumulate in fish and other aquatic organisms which can cause health problems if consumed by humans. The heavy metals in button batteries can negatively affect kidney, liver, lung, and brain function while also causing nerve damage.

Locations Accepting Button Batteries
Name Address Phone
CVS Pharmacy 8 Kocher Drive, Bennington (802) 442-8369
The Pharmacy 205 North St., Bennington (802) 442-5602
Shaw’s/Osco Pharmacy 64 Equinox Terrace, Manchester (802) 362-4479
The Pharmacy-Northshire 34 Ways Lane, Manchester Ctr. (802) 362-0390
Rite Aid Pharmacy 4993 Main St. #A, Manchester Ctr. (802) 362-2230
Mid-VT ENT P.C. 51A Tennis Way, East Dorset (802) 366-9195
Bennington Health & Rehabilitation Center 2 Blackberry Lane, Bennington (802) 442-8525
Vermont Veterans Home 325 North St., Bennington (802) 442-6353

Automobile, Marine and Similar Batteries

Facilities which sell automobile batteries are required to take back old batteries for recycling. Lead-acid automobile batteries have been banned from Vermont landfills since 1990. Lead is known to cause kidney and nerve damage in humans while sulfuric acid can cause severe burns and blindness. Most batteries are encased in plastic and have the potential to crack and leak over time increasing the potential of exposure. By recycling lead-acid batteries the plastic can be turned into new plastic products and the lead can be purified for use in new batteries. Most batteries contain 60-80 percent recycled lead and acid.

Locations Accepting Automobile, Marine and Similar Batteries
Name Address Further Information Notes
The Home Depot 121 N. Bennington Rd., Bennington (802) 447-9997
Advanced Auto Parts 113 Northside Dr., Bennington (802) 442-0779
Napa Auto Parts 201 Benmont Ave., Bennington (802) 442-6387
Napa Auto Parts 5219 Rt. 7A, Manchester (802) 362-1708
Bennington Transfer Station 904 Houghton Lane, Bennington, VT 05201 (800) 499-4370 For residents of Bennington and Woodford
Sunderland Transfer Station 4561 Sunderland Hill Rd., Sunderland (800) 499-4370 For residents of Arlington, Manchester, Dorset, Sandgate, and Sunderland
Northshire Transfer Station 310 Tennis Way, East Dorset (800) 499-4370