Batteries Are Not Accepted In Your Sioux Falls Recycling Bin.
Batteries can cause fires when they get crushed in transit, when they’re dumped at the recycling center, or when buried in the landfill. Check out this recent video from our facility showing how easily a fire can start, this one was from a lithium battery. If you google recycling center battery fires, you’ll find many, many more examples.
What should you do when batteries run out of juice?
You CANNOT put batteries in your recycling bin, but you should also not throw them in your trash bin.
When crushed or punctured, batteries can cause fires in transit, at the recycling center or at the landfill. Batteries also contain reusable material including zinc, manganese, and steel that can be put back into use if recycled properly. Hazardous material could also lead to ground water contamination if they make it to the landfill, although it’s said that the use of mercury in alkaline batteries was phased out in 1996, it’s still a good idea to recycle them.
Batteries do not fit into any of the single stream categories and can really hurt the recycling process if included in your bin.
How to Recycle Batteries (Not in your Bin):
Electronics and batteries need to be handled by a recycler who specializes in the process. In Sioux Falls, we are lucky to have a dedicated Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facility that accepts batteries of all types year round. You can also take them directly to SEAM for recycling, located right up the road from the HHW facility.
To reduce your battery waste, consider buying rechargeable batteries instead. According to the city of Sioux Falls, “Two AA Ni-Cad rechargeable batteries can replace up to 600 single-use batteries.” You could also try using products that rely on solar energy power instead of batteries.
Thank you for recycling right and keeping batteries out of your recycling bin!
Have something else you’re not sure about? Use our handy Where Do I Take This tool to search the database of local places you can recycle almost anything! If you don’t see what you’re looking for, just ask us! We love to hear your questions and if it’s not listed in our database, your questions help us add it to the list for others to see.