Commonly Recyclable & Not Recyclable Batteries

These locations accept rechargeable batteries. See below for commonly accepted batteries. Car batteries are accepted at most of these locations, except when noted.

Local Drop-Offs

American Scrap, 515.265.9876
Batteries Plus
Interstate Batteries
Metro Hazardous Waste Drop-Off
Metro Park East Landfill, does not accept car batteries
Metro Park West Landfill, does not accept car batteries 
Call2Recycle Locations, search by ZIP Code, does not accept button batteries or car batteries (view what's accepted)
See Cell Phones for cell phone batteries

Community Drop-Offs

Adel City Hall
Altoona City Hall & Library
Bondurant Community Center
Boone DMACC Campus
Indianola City Hall & Library
Perry Recycling
Polk City Library & City Hall
Redfield City Hall 515-833-2512
Van Meter City Hall
Waukee City Hall & Public Works
Windsor Heights City Hall

Did You Know?

Commonly Accepted Batteries: Rechargeable 

These types of batteries contain hazardous material and contain valuable material, so are easily recyclable. Triple or double A batteries that you recharge and reuse are recyclable. Other types of rechargeable batteries include the ones you use in your gadgets (phones, cameras, power drill).

  • Mercuric-Oxide (button batteries)
  • Nickel Cadmium (NiCd)
  • Lithium (Li)
  • Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH)
  • Cell phone batteries

Not Accepted Batteries: Alkaline (AAA, AA, C, D, 9V)

These can be thrown into the trash, but are sometimes accepted in store take-back programs. There is very limited recyclable or hazardous material in these. Most are shipped out of state when accepted.


Batteries are a regulated waste stream for businesses. Learn how to safely dispose or recycle them at your company.

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