How to Dispose of a Laptop Battery

Disposing of used laptop batteries properly is very important for safety and environmental purposes. Batteries contain many different toxic chemicals that can be harmful to people and the environment. If you try to burn them for example, dangerous heavy metals will be released into the air. By tossing them into the trash, those same chemicals will leak into the ground at the local landfill. The best way to dispose of a laptop battery is to take it to a local battery recycling centre.

Call the consumer helpline at 1-800-8-BATTERY to find a local recycling centre near you.

Put each battery individually into a plastic bag or cover each battery's terminals with strong, heavy duty tape such as duct tape.

Take your sealed or bagged batteries to the local drop-off centre.


Common battery drop-off centres in the U.S. include Walmart, Target, Home Depot, RadioShack and many wireless cell phone stores.

Things You'll Need

  • Heavy tape or plastic bags
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Kathy Burns-Millyard has been a professional writer since 1997. Originally specializing in business, technology, environment and health topics, Burns now focuses on home, garden and hobby interest articles. Her garden work has appeared on and other publications. She enjoys practicing Permaculture in her home garden near Tucson, Ariz.