Alkaline & Rechargeable Batteries

Alkaline Batteries

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.

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, Radio Shack, 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:

Automotive Batteries

Small Sealed Lead and Automotive batteries are banned from disposal due to their lead content, and may have some scrap value.

The town Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Event occurs the last Saturday in April and September of each year.  ($20 donation to the Friends of the Thayer Library - cash only)

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 $7.00 each
    36 Vincent Street
    Whitman, MA 02382
    Phone: 781-447-2534
  • Spiegel South Shore Scrap accepts automotive batteries for $9.00 each
    175 E Ashland Street
    Brockton, MA 02302
    Phone: 508-897-0008