Battery recycling (only available at County Home Rd.)
Some batteries can be recycled; some batteries can be thrown away. It is important to know which contain hazardous materials so they can be recycled, recover their resources, and keep contaminants out of the landfill.
Which batteries are recyclable?
The Solid Waste Agency collects rechargeable, lead acid, and automotive batteries from Linn County residents for no charge. Residents may drop off these types of batteries (examples include hearing aid, watch, and car batteries) at the County Home Road facility only.
Which batteries can I throw away?
Alkaline batteries should be thrown away when no longer needed. This includes the commonly used AA, AAA, C, D, and 9-volt batteries. Alkaline batteries contain no hazardous materials.
What happens to my batteries after I drop them off for recycling?
When your batteries are dropped off for recycling, they are sorted and safely secured until they can be sent to a facility for processing. From there, the batteries are broken down into their various components: plastic, rubber, acid and metals.
- The plastic is melted and cut into pellets and used for new products.
- The rubber cases are used as an additive in the smelting process.
- Battery acid is neutralized, then broken down into water and a salt compound.
- Metals -- cadmium, cobalt, lead and nickel -- are reclaimed and used for making new batteries, among other things.