Used Batteries

Collage style photo of different sizes and brands of alkaline batteries.

Battery Disposal

Most batteries should be recycled, because they contain heavy metals like nickel, cadmium and lead which are hazardous to our health and the environment. Please do not recycle batteries at home in your mixed recycling cart, they can cause fires at the recycling sorting facilities.

Recycling options

A few recycling options, for a complete list of recyclers visit Metro's Find a Recycler website.

Batteries Plus Bulbs
12825 SW Canyon Rd
Accepts all types of batteries. Any quantity of rechargeable and lead acid batteries are free. There may be a charge to recycle alkaline batteries, please contact them for details.

Metro Central Hazardous Waste
6161 NW 61st Ave
Monday-Saturday, 9 am - 4 pm
Accepts all types of batteries and other hazardous waste - from households - like fluorescent bulbs, cleaning and garden chemicals etc. There is a $5 charge per load, up to 35-gallons or equivalent.

Metro's Hazardous Waste Collection Events
Held in various locations almost every Saturday from March to November.
Contact Metro for details, 503-234-3000

More informationPhoto of AA, AAA and C sized alkaline batteries.

  • Alkaline batteries - Disposal of small quantities of alkaline batteries is allowed in your garbage container, but the best environmental practice is to recycle them at a proper facility. If you do decide to dispose of them in the garbage, please be sure they are single-use alkaline batteries, all other types of batteries must be recycled.
    Nickel–metal hydride battery charger, Lithium Ion battery and AA rechargeable batteries.
  • Rechargeable batteries - Using rechargeable batteries reduces waste and is the best environmental option whenever possible. However, rechargeable batteries must be disposed of properly because they contain toxic materials such as lead and cadmium. Many of our everyday gadgets such as cell phones, digital cameras, power tools, and every day electronics use rechargeable batteries. There are many free recycling options for rechargeable batteries, please visit Call2Recycle for more information or call 1-877-2-RECYCLE (1-877-273-2925.)
  • Auto batteries (lead-acid) - Almost 98% of all used lead-acid batteries are recycled, making the lead-acid battery the most highly recycled product in the nation. Most places that replace your battery will recycle it for you, though an additional fee may apply. Quartet of different automotive batteries.To find an auto battery recycler near you visit Metro’s Find a Recycler.