How to dispose of batteries properly

In Bloomington, you can drop off batteries at the South Hennepin Recycling and Problem Waste Drop-Off Center, 1400 West 96th Street. Bring button batteries, lithium ion and other rechargeable batteries for disposal. Those batteries contain toxic metals, which pose a threat if improperly disposed, so they can’t be placed into your trash or recycling cart at home.

While single-use AA, AAA and other alkaline batteries are accepted for recycling at the drop-off center, they do not contain hazardous material and may also be disposed in the trash. Never place batteries of any kind in your recycling cart.

Hennepin County recently stopped collecting batteries at community locations, including libraries, county facilities, city buildings and city events. 

Hennepin County’s change was made to prevent potential fire hazards triggered by incorrect disposal of vape pens or e-cigarette devices and rechargeable lithium batteries. For more information, visit blm.mn/battery.