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It is illegal to dispose of this item in the trash in Chittenden County, VT.

Disposal options

As of July 1, 2024 – All single-use and rechargeable batteries are banned from the landfill/trash.

Consumer batteries (any type) are accepted separately for special recycling at:

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

 

Cost

No charge to drop off consumer batteries (any type) at any CSWD Drop-Off Center except the Burlington location or the Environmental Depot – by appointment only.

Fees may apply to:

  • Specialty batteries (including batteries that are built-in or designed for a specific unit)
  • Industrial batteries
  • Electric vehicle batteries

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

Limits: 

  • Household batteries: 1 gallon per day
  • Lead Acid batteries: 5 per day

It is illegal to place these batteries in the trash in the State of Vermont:

  • All single-use and rechargeable household batteries
  • NiCad (Nickel cadmium)
    Rechargeable batteries often found in alarm systems, emergency lighting, power tools, backup power devices, consumer electronic devices.
  • Lead acid
    Rechargeable batteries often found in cars, trucks, emergency lighting, off-grid household electric systems.
  • Mercury-containing batteries
    Non-rechargeable batteries often found in hearing aids, calculators, remote controls, toys, cameras, watches. Includes zinc air miniature batteries, silver oxide button-cell batteries, alkaline manganese oxide button-cell batteries, mercuric oxide batteries.
    See NEWMOA fact sheet about mercury use in batteries.

Many button-cell batteries contain mercury, but it can be difficult to tell them apart from ones that don’t. When in doubt, bring all of your batteries to all CSWD Drop-Off Centers except the Burlington location or the Environmental Depot.

Safety

Leaking batteries should be packaged carefully (e.g. in a separate plastic bag) before bringing them in.

To prevent potential fire hazard, please tape or otherwise protect the terminals of:

  • Sealed lead batteries
  • Lithium batteries
  • Batteries greater than 9 volts

Quantity limits

  • Household batteries
    • One gallon container per day. For larger quantities, contact the Environmental Depot.
  • 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.
    • 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

  • In Vermont, battery manufacturers fund product stewardship programs that cover the costs of collecting and recycling rechargeable and non-rechargeable batteries.
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