Battery Recycling

Rechargeable Batteries

Call2Recycle offers a free recycling program for rechargeable batteries - the power source in cordless phones and power tools.  The program also accepts cell phones and Ni-Cd,  lithium, metal hydride and small sealed lead acid rechargeable batteries found in cell phones, laptop computers and other portable electronic products. Call2Recycle has collection boxes at more than 600 retail, municipal and business locations in Maine.  Visit the Call2Recycle website to find recycling locations near you.

Single-use Batteries

Single-use batteries (a.k.a. “primary” or “disposable” batteries) can be recycled, but there is not currently a free recycling program available in Maine. To recycle your single-use batteries, search the internet for “battery recycling services” to find a business that best meets your needs.

The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation currently recycles rechargeable batteries - the power source in cordless phones and power tools - through retail stores, community collection centers and businesses across the U.S. and Canada. Recently, the program expanded and now accepts Ni-Cd, lithium, metal hydride and small sealed lead acid rechargeable batteries such as those found in cellular phones, laptop computers and other portable electronic products. Visit the Call2Recycle website to find recycling locations near you.

Laws

Maine law at 38 MRSA § 2165 requires manufacturers to establish a collection system for rechargeable batteries. The Call2Recycle program fulfills this requirement. If you are a Maine business, you must either use the Call2Recycle system to return spent rechargeable batteries to the manufacturer or you must make other arrangements to ensure the battery is recycled. It is illegal for businesses to dispose of rechargeable batteries in the trash.

If you are a homeowner, you are not required to recycle rechargeable batteries but we urge you to do so. The price you paid for the battery entitles you to use the Call2Recycle service free of charge. Recycling helps us safely manage the toxic components of these batteries and keep them from contaminating our air and water.

Chapter 24: §2165. Regulation of certain dry cell batteries

Chapter 24: §2166. Rechargeable consumer products