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Rechargeable batteries have many uses. Cell phone, laptop and MP3 player batteries are probably the most common types. Most batteries have some type of labeling to identify the metals used in the construction. The metal used in the battery determines the ability to recycle. Batteries shall be taped with masking tape on both positive and negative terminals at time of disposal. This must be done to avoid an explosion in the battery box.

Types Accepted
Southern Idaho Solid Waste (SISW) accepts a maximum of two pounds of each type of battery per customer, per visit, of the following:
  • Lithium-Ion (Li-ion)
  • Nickel-Cadmium (NiCd)
  • Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH)
  • Small sealed lead (Pb)

Automotive batteries are also accepted and should be placed outside in the appropriate staging area either on a pallet or an old household hazardous waste (HHW) box designated to store auto batteries.