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Jul 15

Where can single-use batteries be recycled?

Posted on July 15, 2019 at 9:26 AM by Nancy Oakland-Potter

Q.  Where can single-use batteries be recycled?

A.  Single-use batteries can be recycled through:

Please note that there is a charge for this service.

Currently, this is the only way to recycle single-use batteries in Laramie. Single-use batteries are not regulated. Our E-waste, hazardous waste, and lead acid battery recyclers informed us they do not want these batteries, as they are not considered hazardous. The City of Laramie legally disposes of them in a lined landfill cell, which is consistent with the recommendations of battery recyclers.

Duracell’s website explains, “Our alkaline batteries are composed primarily of common metals—steel, zinc, and manganese—and do not pose a health or environmental risk during normal use or disposal. We have voluntarily eliminated all the added mercury from our alkaline batteries since the early 1990s, while maintaining the performance consumer’s demand. Therefore, alkaline batteries can be safely disposed of with normal household waste.”

Residents can use our “What Goes Where” tool at to find out how to properly dispose, recycle or compost almost any item.