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We Recycle Household Batteries

Flat Can Recycling now accepts household batteries for recycling!

If you’re like most people, you probably have a box, bag, or drawer full of used batteries somewhere in your home. You might be vaguely aware that it’s not a good idea to throw them in the garbage, but perhaps you aren’t sure what the big deal is or where to bring them to be responsibly disposed of.

We’re pleased to announce that in partnership with our partner GoRecycle, our drop site at Flat Can Recycling HQ is ready to welcome you and your used batteries with open arms.

Household Batteries


Why recycle your batteries?

Every year, billions (yes, that’s billions) of batteries are improperly disposed of by people who toss them in the trash. The result is that they end up in landfills, begin to corrode and break down and leach toxic metals (including lead) into the ground and groundwater.


What happens to recycled batteries?

When you drop off your unwanted batteries, we’ll bring them to our recycling partner, GoRecycle, who are experts in recycling both single-use and rechargeable batteries. Their unique recycling process allows valuable metals to be recovered from the used batteries, meaning they can be repurposed as materials for the manufacturing of products such as silverware, pots and pans, new batteries, and even golf clubs! All batteries regardless of type are “terminaled out” for safety at our facility.


What types of batteries do you accept for recycling?

We accept Lithium Ion (Li-Ion), Small Sealed Lead Acid (SSLA/Pb), Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Nickel Zinc (Ni-Zn), Lithium Primary, Alkaline, Carbon Zinc, button, and coin cell batteries for recycling. Individual batteries must be no larger than 300Wh.


Where to recycle your batteries.

There are two ways to recycle with us. Simply stop by our 732 Hicks Drive drop site in Elburn, IL between 7 AM and 4 PM, Monday – Friday, or stop by one of our recycling events!

We charge a nominal recycling fee of $4 per pound of batteries (cash and credit cards accepted).


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