Battery Recycling

Bulk Pickup Recycling

Batteries come in all different types, shapes, and sizes, but almost all of them contain hazardous materials that make them dangerous if improperly disposed of. TerraCycle Regulated Waste offers solutions to discard and recycle batteries properly, making sure that your facility is keeping the environment clean and safe, as well as staying within all government regulations concerning battery disposal.

With TerraCylce Regulated Waste Battery Bulk Pickups you can:

  • Have large amounts of batteries picked up at your facility at your convenience
  • Save money over other recycling solutions designed for smaller amounts of waste
  • Recycle almost any type of battery
  • Track your recycling progress online 24/7with online Recycling Reports
  • Certify your progress for regulatory or management review with Recycling Certificates

Interested? Schedule a Pickup.

Contact us with any questions you may have.


Why recycle batteries?

Batteries can contain many different components that are considered toxic. If batteries are not stored properly after use or are simply thrown away in the trash, these hazardous components can pose a serious threat to human and environmental health. Recycling batteries insures that toxic components are removed, resulting in a safer workplace and a healthier environment.

What types of batteries do we recycle?

Types of batteries recycled include but are not limited to:

  • Alkaline
  • NiCad
  • Lead Acid
  • Lithium
  • Zinc-Carbon

How do I know if bulk pickups are right for me?

Generally, bulk pickups are designed for facilities with over 150,000 square feet or with large amounts of battery waste. Because bulk pickups are scheduled at your convenience, you are able to decide when you want to receive them according to your facility’s needs.

How can I track my recycling progress?

Online recycling reports allow anyone who has utilized bulk pickup recycling services to recieve detailed information about their facility’s recycling progress. Each report details specifically what types of waste were recycled, the amount recycled, and the date processed. These reports are available online 24/7 and are perfect for facility management reviews, “green” marketing initiatives, and more. Visit our Recycling Reports page for more info.

How should I package my batteries for pickup?

All batteries should be separated and packaged in a manner that will minimize spilling during transport. The most popular container is a 5-gallon pail. 55-gallon drums also work well if the quantity of materials can justify the size. Larger lead acid batteries should be palletized and shrink-wrapped with slip sheets between each row of batteries. Also, all holes must be plugged to reduce the leaking of acid.

Additionally, terminals of each battery should be covered with tape per DOT regulations*. Containers containing only alkaline 1.5 volt AA, AAA, C, or D batteries are exempt. 9 volt batteries are not exempt.

I don’t have enough batteries to justify a bulk pickup. What are my other options?

Bulk pickups are designed for facilities that have large amounts of batteries. If this isn’t you, then you might want to consider EasyPak Recycling Containers . EasyPak containers can handle smaller amounts of batteries, with the same individualized convenience and reporting functions as bulk pickups. Contact TerraCycle Regulated Waste if you have any questions about your options.

*DOT requires that the Shipper properly package, mark, and label hazardous material. This container meets DOT standards for Performance Oriented Packing under 49 CFR Part 178. The marking and packaging requirements for this container can be referenced in 49 CFR Parts 171-173

* Recycling Services (Nationwide)

$0.42 Misc Electronics (per lbs)
$0.26 4' and smaller fluorescent lamps (per unit)
$0.50 5' and larger fluorescent lamps (per unit)
$0.39 Compacts, U-shape, and Circular lamps (per unit)
$0.89 H.I.D. lamps (per unit)
$1.10 Shatter Shield (in addition to per lamp fee)
$0.22 Incandescent Lamps
$0.55 PCB Ballast (per pound)
$0.31 Non-PCB Ballast (per pound)
$0.40 Lead Acid & Sealed Acid Batteries (per pound)
$0.91 Non Mercury - Alkaline, Zinc Carbon, NiCad, Nickel Metal, Lithium Ion Batteries (lbs)
$3.25 Mercury - Alkaline, Zinc Carbon, Button Cells, Silver Oxide Batteries (per pound)
$4.15 Batteries for Incineration (per pound)
$210 Drums of Crushed Lamps (per drum)
$125 Transportation Flat Fee (applies to ALL bulk pick-ups)
10% Energy Surcharge
* For invoices with recycling fees less than $190, total recycling fees, less transportation and energy surcharge) will be increased to $190.  (Small quantities should be managed with EasyPak program.)