Guide to Recyclables — Batteries


batteriesAlkaline batteries, (dry cell) , AAA, AA, A, C, D & 9 volt are to be placed in the garbage with your regular household refuse due to the fact that mercury levels have been significantly reduced and fall within DEP standards.

Source: MCIA | Ewing Twp. Dept. Public Works

Rechargeable (including watch, cell phone)

rechargeablebatteriesBatteries less than 2 lbs. can be disposed of at locations such as Ewing Recreation Building, Radio Shack, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Sears. Look for the drop off container.  The MCIA also supplies a Rechargeable Battery Drop-off Location list.

Source: Ewing Twp. Dept. Public Works | MCIA

Car & Boat (wet cell) batteries

carbatteryCheck with local repair facilities to see if they accept or turn it in when you get a new battery.

Mercer County Household Chemical Waste Disposal Days

Mercer County Improvement Authority
The MCIA will accept batteries at their Hazardous Waste Disposal Days that are held three times each year.   See their Household Hazardous Waste and E-Waste page which will contain a link to the dates for each year.  Drop off is at:

The John T. Dempster Fire School / Bakers Basin
Lawrence Station Rd
Lawrence Twp, NJ 08648
Phone: 609-278-8086

*limited to Mercer County residents | Proof of residency is required | Accepts car batteries.

Source: MCIA

3504 Brunswick Pike
Princeton, NJ 08540
Phone: 609-720-9008
Hours: Mon-Sat 6 Am – 9 Pm | Sun 8 Am – 7 Pm

All Lowes stores also participate in a free battery recycling program for batteries that you cannot include in your curbside pickup.    There is a collection bin at the front of each store. 

Home Depot
1621 N Olden Ave
Ewing Township, NJ 08638
Phone: 609-393-3697
Hours Mon-Sat: 6:00am – 9:00pm | Sun: 8:00am – 7:00pm

All Home Depot  stores accept batteries for free recycling through their Eco-Options program.  There is an orange collection bin at the front of each store. 

2 thoughts on “Guide to Recyclables — Batteries”

  1. Your website says that batteries can be dropped off at the Ewing Recreation Building. Could you please tell me where that is?


  2. As the COVID pandemic is still forcing the closing of government buildings, this is not a time when you can drop off recyclables. Look for the reopening of Ewing Township municipal buildings when the crisis eases up when normal processes can resume. The Recreation Building is the Ewing Senior and Community Center at 999 Lower Ferry Road.


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