Battery recycling

Batteries should be recycled. Some batteries contain toxic metals, such as cadmium, lead or mercury, which pose a threat to human health and the environment when batteries are improperly disposed.

Recycling batteries protects the environment by ensuring that heavy metals don't pollute our air, land and water. Recycling also conserves resources because the metals recovered from batteries are used to make new products.

NOTE: CFLs (compact fluorescent bulbs) are NOT accepted in battery drop-off containers. CFLs can be properly disposed of at the county's drop off facilities in Brooklyn Park and Bloomington.

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Battery recycling locations

Battery recycling locations

Batteries are accepted from households only; batteries from businesses are not accepted - see our information for commercial hazardous waste generators.

Hennepin County accepts all types of household batteries at the following locations:

  • Battery drop-off containers at certain libraries, city halls, community centers and other sites throughout the county. (Please refer to specific locations listed below.)
  • County drop-off facilities
  • The Call2Recycle lists additional drop-off sites for rechargeable batteries.
  • Minneapolis solid waste and recycling customers can set out household batteries on your recycling day. Place batteries in a clear plastic bag on top or inside your recycling bin.

Battery drop-off containers

Find your city name below. Call first to make sure the site still has a battery recycling container.

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  • Hennepin County Drop-off Facility in Bloomington, 1400 W. 96th St., Bloomington

Brooklyn Center

  • Hennepin County Library - Brookdale, 6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center
  • Brooklyn Center Senior High, 6500 Humboldt Avenue, Brooklyn Center
  • Brooklyn Center City Hall, 6301 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center

Brooklyn Park 

  • Brooklyn Park Library, 8600 Zane Avenue North, Brooklyn Park 
  • Brooklyn Park City Hall, 5200 85th Avenue North., Brooklyn Park
  • City of Brooklyn Park-Operations & Maintenance, 8300 Nobel Avenue North, Brooklyn Park
  • Hennepin County Drop-off Facility in Brooklyn Park, 8100 Jefferson Highway, Brooklyn Park


  • Champlin City Hall, 11955 Champlin Drive, Champlin
  • Hennepin County Library - Champlin, 12154 Ensign Ave. N., Champlin


  • Corcoran City Hall, 8200 County Road 116, Corcoran


  • Crystal City Hall, 4141 Douglas Drive North, Crystal
  • Hennepin County Library - Rockford Road, 6401 42nd Avenue North, Crystal


  • Dayton City Hall, 12260 S. Diamond Lake Road, Dayton

Eden Prairie

  • Eden Prairie City Center, 8080 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie 


  • Hennepin County Library - Edina, 5280 Grandview Square, Edina
  • Hennepin County Library - Southdale, 7001 York Avenue South, Edina


  • Hennepin County Library - Excelsior, 343 Third Street, Excelsior

Golden Valley

  • Golden Valley City Hall, 7800 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley
  • Hennepin County Library - Golden Valley, 830 Winnetka Avenue North, Golden Valley


  • Greenfield City Hall, 7738 Commerce Circle, Greenfield


  • Hanover City Hall, 11250 Fifth Street Northeast, Hanover


  • City Hall, City of Hopkins, 1010 1st St. S, Hopkins
  • Hennepin County Library - Hopkins, 22 11th Avenue North, Hopkins


  • Independence City Hall, 1920 County Road 90, Independence

Long Lake

  • City of Long Lake Public Works, 2145 Daniels Street, Long Lake
  • Hennepin County Library - Long Lake, 18675 Wayzata Boulevard, Long Lake


  • Loretto City Hall, 259 North Medina Street, Loretto

Maple Grove

  • Maple Grove Government Center, 12800 Arbor Lakes Parkway, Maple Grove
  • City of Maple Grove Recycling Drop-off Center, 9331 Fernbrook Lane, Maple Grove
  • Hennepin County Library - Maple Grove, 8001 Main Street, Maple Grove

Maple Plain

  • Hennepin County Library - Maple Plain, 5184 Main Street East, Maple Plain

Medicine Lake

  • Medicine Lake City Hall, 10609 South Shore Drive, Medicine Lake


  • Medina City Hall, 2052 County Road 24, Medina


  • Hennepin County Library - Minneapolis Central, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
  • Minneapolis City Hall, 350 S. 5th Street, Minneapolis 


  • Minnetonka City Hall, 14600 Minnetonka Boulevard, Minnetonka
  • Hennepin County Library - Minnetonka, 17524 Excelsior Boulevard, Minnetonka
  • Ridgedale Regional Center, 12601 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka

Minnetonka Beach

  • Minnetonka Beach City Hall, 2945 Westwood Road, Minnetonka Beach


  • Minnetrista City Hall, 7701 County Road 110 West, Minnetrista


  • Mound City Hall, 5341 Maywood Road, Mound
  • Hennepin County Library - Westonka, 2079 Commerce Boulevard, Mound

New Hope

  • New Hope City Hall, 4401 Xylon Avenue North, New Hope
  • West Metro Fire-Rescue District, 4251 Xylon Avenue North, 763-230-7001


  • Orono Village Hall, 2750 Kelley Parkway, Orono


  • Osseo City Hall, 415 Central Avenue, Osseo


  • Plymouth City Hall, 3400 Plymouth Boulevard, Plymouth
  • City of Plymouth Public Works Maintenance Facility, 14900 23rd Avenue North, Plymouth
  • Hennepin County Library - Plymouth 15700 36th Ave. N., Plymouth


  • Hennepin County Library - Augsburg Park, 7100 Nicollet Avenue, Richfield
  • Woodlake Nature Center, 6710 Lake Shore Drive, Richfield


  • Robbinsdale City Hall, 4100 Lakeview Avenue North, Robbinsdale


  • Hennepin County Library - City of Rockford, 8220 Cedar Street, Rockford


  • City of Rogers & Hassan Township, 22350 South Diamond Lake Road, Rogers


  • Shorewood City Hall, 5755 Country Club Road, Shorewood

St. Anthony

  • St. Anthony Village City Hall, 3301 Silver Lake Road, St. Anthony
  • Hennepin County Library - St. Anthony, 2941 Pentagon Drive Northeast, St. Anthony

St. Louis Park

  • St. Louis Park City Hall, 5005 Minnetonka Boulevard, St. Louis Park
  • Hennepin County Library - St. Louis Park, 3240 Library Lane, St. Louis Park
  • St. Louis Park Municipal Service Center, 7305 Oxford Street, St. Louis Park

Tonka Bay

  • Tonka Bay City Hall, 4901 Manitou Road, Tonka Bay

Prepare your batteries for recycling

Gather your batteries

Many products we use every day have batteries. Remember that anything that makes sounds, lights up or turns on without being plugged in contains a battery.

Some common products that contain batteries include:

  • Calculators
  • Cameras
  • Cell phones and cordless phones
  • Cordless shavers and groomers
  • Electric toothbrushes
  • Fire and smoke detectors
  • Flashlights and lanterns
  • Garage door openers
  • Hearing aids
  • Power tools
  • Remote controls
  • Solar-powered lights
  • Musical greeting cards
  • Toys and games
  • Watches

Prepare your batteries for recycling

  • Remove the batteries from the device. If you cannot remove the battery, bring in the entire device.
  • Place clear tape over terminals or place each battery in its own plastic bag to prevent short-circuiting.

Battery safety tips

  • Recycle your batteries soon after you’re done using them. Batteries may rust or leak after long periods of storage. If a battery appears to be dirty or have a white, film-like substance around the terminals, use caution when handling the battery and do not touch the dirty area. Place it in a bag before recycling.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water after handling batteries.

Reduce waste by using rechargeable batteries

Rechargeable batteries can be recharged 500 to 1,000 times. Once they wear out, a recycling facility can take them apart to recover the metals. Although the initial cost of rechargeable batteries is higher, you will save money and reduce waste in the long run.

Recycling partners

Battery recycling partners

Hennepin County has partnered with the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) since 1996 to recycle more than 280,000 pounds of rechargeable batteries. RBRC offsets the collection and recycling costs of rechargeable batteries collected through Hennepin County’s battery recycling program.

Hennepin County also partners with the Corporation for Battery Recycling, a nonprofit that includes the three major battery manufacturers in the North American market (Duracell, Energizer and Panasonic),to recycle non-rechargeable batteries. The Corporation for Battery Recycling is covering the costs of recycling non-rechargeable batteries collected through the county’s battery collection program.

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