Most auto parts stores offer complimentary battery recycling with the purchase of a qualifying new car battery. Automotive batteries are also accepted at Ross Bros and Rumpke, as scrap metal.
Car batteries are the most recycled products in the U.S., having a 98 percent to 99 percent recycling rate. The typical new lead-acid battery contains 60 to 80 percent recycled lead and plastic.
In order to recycle them, you have to tape the positive ends
A battery drop-off container is located in the lobby of the Knox County Service, 117 East High Street, Mount Vernon. Alkaline batteries typically found in cameras, clocks,flashlights, remote controls and smoke detectors; and button-cell batteries found in watches and hearing aids are accepted.
Button cells batteries are increasingly targeted for recycling because of the mercury, silver, cadmium, lithium, or other heavy metal used as their main component.
Both automotive and household batteries are routinely accepted at special collection events for household hazardous waste.
Rechargable batteries are accepted at: G.R. Smith Hardware, Lowe's, Radio Shack, Staples and most any place where rechargable batteries are sold.
Unlike single-use batteries, rechargeable batteries contain heavy metal elements that allow them to be recharged about 1,000 times before they need to be replaced.