Billions of used batteries are generated annually through a variety of processes in households, businesses and manufacturing facilities. In manufacturing facilities, common sources of used batteries include power tools, cellular phones, electronics, and emergency lighting. In 1990, 88 percent of all mercury discarded in the U.S. came from batteries. Batteries also account for 50 percent of all cadmium disposal. This number has increased in recent years, because of the explosion in the use of wireless communication devices.

At LRI, we are in the business of helping ease the pressure put on the environment by properly disposing of the batteries we use every day. All batteries handled by LRI are recycled. Whether alkaline, nickel-cadmium, lead acid, or any other type, your batteries are diverted from landfills.


LRI issues a Certificate of Recycling for all batteries that we pick up. This document should be kept on file as proof that you are properly handling your waste batteries.


LRI can accept all types of batteries. It is important that all batteries be separated by chemistry and all terminals must be taped or isolated to prevent short circuiting and risk of fire. See the chart below on how to separate batteries by chemistry.

Batteries can be transported in non-metal boxes, pails, drums, or any "rigid," leak-proof container. Larger batteries may be put on a skid and wrapped. 

Containers must be labeled with a universal waste label and an accumulation start date. Like all universal waste, you can only store batteries for up to 1 year from the accumulation start date.