What You Need to Know About Lead-Acid Battery Recycling
Cars, trucks and recreational vehicles all use lead-acid batteries. It is illegal to dispose of the battery in your trash.
If not properly handled, lead-acid batteries can leak contaminants into soil and water.
Instead, you must take your dead battery for recycling to a retail store, distributor, or battery recycling facility.
Retailers are required by law to accept used batteries from customers and distributors must accept used batteries from their retailers.
When Purchasing a New Lead-acid Battery:
You can give your used battery for recycling to a retailer at the time you purchase a new one.
The retailer will charge you a $5 "return incentive payment" if you do not return a used battery when buying a replacement.
The retailer, who sold you the battery, will refund the $5 payment if you return a used battery within 30 days of the purchase date.
Retailers and Distributors Must:
Accept, free of charge, up to two used batteries per month from any individual
Post signs displaying the universal recycling symbol and stating the following: "IT IS ILLEGAL TO DISCARD VEHICLE BATTERIES. STATE LAW REQUIRES US TO ACCEPT VEHICLE BATTERIES FREE OF CHARGE FOR RECYCLING".