Batteries

Disposal options

Alkaline batteries are not banned from the trash, but most other types of batteries are (lead acid, NiCad, etc.) . If you are not sure what type of battery you have, bring it to a CSWD facility or Call2Recycle drop-off location.

Consumer batteries of any type are accepted at:

Specialty/industrial batteries are accepted at the CSWD Environmental Depot by appointment only. For an appointment call the Depot’s business line at (802) 865-4663.

Batteries not banned from the landfill (see Limitations) may be placed in trash—preferably the option of last resort!

Cost

  • Free to drop off any type of consumer battery at a CSWD Drop-Off Center or the Environmental Depot.
    • Volumes over the quantity limits may be subject to a fee at the Environmental Depot.
  • Fees may apply to specialty or industrial batteries.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • NiCad, lead acid, and mercury-containing batteries are banned from landfill disposal. Many button cell batteries contain mercury, but it can be difficult to tell them apart from ones that don’t. When in doubt, just bring all of your batteries to a CSWD Drop-Off Center or the Environmental Depot.
  • Leaking batteries should be packaged carefully (e.g. in a separate plastic bag) before bringing them in.
  • Batteries with terminals: Please individually tape terminals to prevent accidental sparking.

Quantity limits

  • Household batteries
    • One gallon container per day. For larger quantities, contact the Environmental Depot (fees may apply).
  • Automotive and lead-acid batteries used in vehicles, motorized toys, and uninterrupted power supply (UPS) units:
    • Up to 5 per day. 6 or more accepted only at the Environmental Depot (fees may apply).
    • Large quantities may also contact Interstate All Battery Center (802-658-9110; 1298 South Brownell Rd., Williston, VT) for disposal options.
    • UPS units: batteries should be removed from unit by customer before placing in collection area. Intact UPS units can be recycled for a fee through the Electronics Recycling Program.

Notes

  • Rechargeable batteries are collected and recycled under a voluntary stewardship program operated by Call2Recycle. This includes Nickel Cadmium (Ni-CD), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium Ion (Li-Ion), Nickel Zinc (Ni-Zn), and Small Sealed Lead (SSLA/Pb) batteries. All cell phones can also be recycled under this program.
  • In May 2014, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed a law (Act 139) requiring extended producer responsibility (EPR) for non-rechargeable (also known as “primary”) batteries. Vermont is the first state to require EPR (also known as product stewardship) for primary batteries. This product stewardship initiative goes into effect across Vermont on January 1st, 2016, and requires battery producers to pay for the cost of recycling these items.
For more information, see Call2Recycle's website.
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