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Battery Recycling

Recycling batteries is important to protect our environment and our health. Each year Americans throw away 84,000 tons of alkaline batteries. Batteries make up 20% of household hazardous waste in landfills. When batteries are crushed and degrade, chemicals leak out into landfills, potentially threatening our environment. Using rechargeable batteries cuts down on this waste.

You can recycle your lead-acid batteries from vehicles and other motor devices, such as lawn mowers, at any place these batteries are sold. Rechargeable batteries can be recycled through the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation program at these participating retailers:

  • Batteries Plus Bulbs, Parkway Shopping Center, 1715 Bradford Lane, 309-663-2200
  • Best Buy, 2103 N. Veterans Pkwy, Ste. 200, 309-663-8090
  • Interstate Batteries Center, 1115 E. Lafayette St, 309-663-5911
  • Lowe’s, 2101 E. Empire St, 309-661-6467
  • Office Depot, Inc., 1700 E. College Ave, 309-862-1606
  • RadioShack, 1615 E. Empire St, 309-663-4751
  • Sears, 1613 E. Empire St, 309-664-4800
  • Verizon Wireless, 504 IAA Dr, 309-664-6977

Lithium and non-alkaline batteries (residential waste only)

Non-alkaline batteries such as lithium (used for cameras and watches), button cell (watches, calculators, hearing aids), and rechargeable batteries Ni-Cad batteries from McLean County residents can be taken to these two retailers:

  • Batteries Plus Bulbs, 2109 N. Veterans Pkwy, 309-663-2200
  • Interstate Batteries Center, 1115 E. Lafayette St, 309-663-5911

This recycling program is funded by the McLean County Solid Waste Fund and is specifically limited to residential waste only, no business waste.  The program no longer accepts alkaline batteries, which by Illinois law, may be disposed of in the trash. 

There are new requirements for disposing of lithium and lithium ion batteries. In accordance to a new federal law, all lithium and lithium ion batteries must be either individually bagged or be taped on the ends to help prevent fires during transportation. Please help us comply with these requirements by individually bagging or taping the contacts on any lithium or lithium-ion batteries you recycle. For more information on the new procedures, click hereopens PDF file . Also, for further information about batteries and battery guidelines, visit  opens in a new windowBatteryRecycling.com.

Alkaline Non-Rechargeable Batteries

By Illinois law, alkaline batteries are not regulated as hazardous and do not require special disposal.  However, they are corrosive, and should be recycled where such services are available. Due to economic demand, the following two locations may take alkaline batteries for a small recycling fee.

  • Batteries Plus Bulbs, 2109 N. Veterans Pkwy, 309-663-2200
  • Interstate Batteries Center, 1115 E. Lafayette St, 309-663-5911

Alternately, alkaline batteries may be recycled through mail back programs such as these:  opens in a new windowhttp://www.batteryrecycling.com/new+irecycle+kits/.  Residents can also bring them to a Household Hazardous Waste collection event or permanent facility.

Car Batteries

  • Interstate Batteries Center, 1115 E. Lafayette St, 309-663-5911
  • Sears Automotive, 1631 E. Empire St, 800-469-4663
  • Team Automotive, 1223 S Adelaide St, 309-454-5454
  • Wal-Mart Tire and Lube Express, 300 Greenbriar Dr, Normal, 309-451-1310
  • Wal-Mart Tire and Lube Express, 2225 W. Market St, Bloomington, 309-828-5646
  • AutoZone, 1213 S. Center St, Normal, 309-454-4990