- by Bryan Veldboom - updated on 4/17/2023
What is the one thing that all batteries and light bulbs have in common? Eventually, they will need to be replaced. But what do you do with batteries and bulbs that are no longer working? The best thing to do is recycle them. At Batteries Plus, we're committed to protecting the environment by recycling spent batteries and bulbs. Learn more about our recycling services, including what we accept and how to prepare your recyclables before bringing them in.
About two-thirds of U.S. household waste is either incinerated or placed in landfills. Batteries contain chemicals and heavy metals that can be dangerous if not disposed of properly. When placed in a landfill, these substances can leak out, contaminating soil, groundwater, lakes and streams.
Some light bulbs can contain mercury or phosphor, which are toxic to people and animals. When light bulbs are thrown out, they end up in landfills where these substances can leach out into the groundwater and end up contaminating drinking water. Even though a light bulb may contain only a small amount of these chemicals, these substances build up in the environment over time to become more dangerous.
Batteries Plus accepts a wide variety of batteries and light bulbs for recycling. Due to differences in state and local regulations, there is some slight variation in the type of material each store may accept. There may also be a cost for recycling, but this too will vary by location. In general, however, our stores accept the following materials:
Powering cars, trucks, golf carts, sump pumps, boat, motorcycle, RV, mowers, floor scrubbers & more
Powering rechargeable devices like cordless phones, drills, camcorders, calculators, electronic flash units & tool battery packs
Nickel Metal Hydride
Powering exit & emergency lights, flashlights, camcorders, cameras, barcode scanners, back-up power & battery packs
Lithium Ion & Polymer
Powering cell phone, laptops, two- way radio, scanners, tools, flashlights, watches & tool battery packs
Powering TV remotes, kids toys, flashlights, video game controllers, wireless headsets & more
Powering watches, key fobs, hearing aid, medical devices, bathroom scales & more
Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFL)
U Bend Fluorescent
Plastic Coated & Shatter Shield
Germicidal & UV Lamps
High Pressure Sodium
Cell Phones & Smartphones
Yes, you can. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provides instructions on how to safely clean up a broken light bulb . After cleaning up the broken material, contact your local Batteries Plus for instructions on how to transport the bulb for recycling.
Interested in learning more about recycling? The EPA has a helpful guide which breaks down the rules for recycling used household batteries . You can also read more about expired alkaline batteries, or learn about our business recycling program. For questions about the type of recyclables your neighborhood Batteries Plus accepts, reach out to your nearest location directly.