The State of Vermont bans the disposal of rechargeable and lead acid batteries in the municipal solid waste (MSW) stream.

Many types of batteries contain hazardous materials and may become hazardous waste when disposed improperly.                                                                                       

Any and all rechargeable batteries must be recycled.  The Windham Solid Waste Management District accepts batteries at the Transfer Station in Brattleboro.  

Alkaline Batteries

Vermont is the first state in the nation to pass single-use/alkaline battery recycling.  WSWMD accepts aklaline batteries during normal business hours, free of charge.

Single-use batteries, such as AA, AAA, C, D and 9-volt, are used in many items such as tools and toys. Vermonters buy over 10 million batteries per year, and most end up in the landfill. Certain components of the batteries, such as heavy metals like cadmium, mercury, and lead are hazardous to human health and the environment.  Recycling household batteries conserves natural resources, and lessens environmental impacts from mining and disposal.

The new law requires manufacturers of single-use batteries to provide a stewardship plan to manage the proper recycling of batteries sold in Vermont and establishes convenient recycling options for residents, at no cost.

Other Types of Batteries

Rechargeable Batteries Types: Nickel-Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel-Metal-Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium-Ion (Li-ion), and others. cell phones, toys, power tools, laptop computers, cordless phones, digital cameras, etc.


Big Batteries Electric Fence   Recycled
Button Batteries   hearing aids, cameras, etc Recycled
Car Batteries Lead-Acid bring back the used one to an auto parts store for easy disposal