To recycle household batteries, find either your local battery recycling center, visit any major big box retailer, or use a battery recycling website. Tens of thousands of companies are willing to recycle batteries free of charge.
An easy way to recycle household batteries is by using sites such as Batteryrecycling.com, which provides a pre-paid shipping label and mailing kit into which you can place all manner of batteries. Approved batteries include single-use alkaline batteries; rechargeable lithium-ion and nickel-cadmium small batteries; handheld electronics, including cell phones, PDAs and media devices; and batteries for laptops and other portable devices. A federally-mandated limit limits the number of lithium-ion batteries that may be sent through the mail; check each mailing kit to avoid crossing that limit. A nominal cost applies to each recycling kit available from Batteryrecycling.com, depending on its size.
To recycle batteries for free, head to most major big box retailers, including Target, Wal-Mart or Best Buy. Each of these companies offers battery and device-recycling to its customers. Clearly marked bins for used batteries are typically located at the front of each store. Several boutique-type battery retailers also provide free recycling services. There is no cost associated with this type of recycling.