It is illegal to put rechargeable batteries in your recycling or garbage. This includes batteries from:
- Cell phones
- Digital cameras
All stores in New York State that sell rechargeable batteries (or products containing them) must accept rechargeable batteries for recycling. No purchase is necessary.
These types of stores include:
- Hardware stores
- Office supply stores
- Drug stores
- Electronic stores
Food stores with less than 14,000 square feet are exceptions and do not need to accept batteries.
Non-rechargeable and alkaline household batteries may be discarded with regular garbage.
Learn more about throwing out rechargeable batteries.
Get a guide to recycling requirements for businesses.