It is illegal to put rechargeable batteries in your trash or recycling. This includes batteries from:

  • Laptops
  • 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
  • Drugstores
  • Electronics 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 trash.

Learn more about throwing out rechargeable batteries.

You can find a store near you to drop off rechargeable batteries.

Online

Find a drop-off location.

By Phone

  • Agency: Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation
  • Phone Number: (877) 273-2925
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 8 AM - 6 PM

You can file a complaint against a store that:

  • Sells rechargeable batteries and does not accept rechargeable batteries for recycling, or
  • Does not have information about rechargeable battery recycling

Online

Report a store that doesn't accept rechargeable batteries.

By Phone

  • Agency: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Division: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Tip Line
  • Phone Number: (800) 847-7332
  • Business Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week

State law requires all stores selling rechargeable batteries or products containing them to accept and recycle the same types of rechargeable batteries sold or contained in their products.

You can start a a free rechargeable battery collection program for your business.

Online

Learn how to start a free rechargeable battery collection program for a business.

By Phone

  • Agency: Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation
  • Phone Number: (877) 273-2925
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 8 AM - 6 PM