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Ask SSC Q: What do I do with dead batteries?


Household Batteries

A: Dear Jan,

General Purpose Batteries (Alkaline and Carbon-Zinc)
(AA, AAA, C, D, 9 volt, etc.)

These types of batteries can be safely disposed in your regular garbage.

Rechargeable Batteries (Ni-Cad, NiMh, Lithium, etc.)

These batteries, found in computers, cell phones, cameras, hearing aids, rechargeable tools, etc., contain toxic materials and should not be thrown away in the garbage. NOTE: Rechargeable batteries are not accepted in our curbside recycling program. Many home improvement and electronics retailers offer drop-off recycling. Or contact Disposal of Toxics for recycling or disposal options.

Sealed Lead Acid (SLA) Batteries

Security, emergency, backup and mobile medical devices, etc.
NOTE: Battery should say "Pb" on it, which designates it as Lead Acid.

Lead Acid Batteries

Car, truck, motorcycle and boat batteries

Lead Acid batteries are accepted for recycling in our curbside recycling program. No broken, cracked or leaking batteries. Store in a box and set next to recycling bins or recycling Toters® for pick-up. Lead Acid batteries may also be dropped off for recycling at one of our three transfer station recycling centers. Fee charged. For locations and hours click here.

For cracked or damaged batteries, please contact Disposal of Toxics. For additional questions or more info, please contact us or call (360) 734-3490. Connect with us on Facebook /sscinc and Twitter @sscinctweets or visit us online at

Thanks for your question. For additional questions or more info please contact us at or call (360) 734-3490.


About Sanitary Service Company (SSC)

Established in 1929, SSC is Whatcom County's largest recycling and garbage collection service provider, serving 45,000 + customers from Bellingham to Blaine and beyond. SSC is a sustaining member of Sustainable Connections, a Toward Zero Waste Founding Pioneer, 100% Green Power Leader, 5-Star EnviroStar, bicycle-friendly business and Whatcom Smart Trips employer. For more info visit



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