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.


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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

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

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Bloomington

  • Hennepin County Drop-off Facility in Bloomington, 1400 W. 96th St., 612-348-3777

Brooklyn Center

  • Brookdale Library, 6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, 612-543-5600
  • Brooklyn Center Senior High, 6500 Humboldt Avenue, 763-561-2120
  • Brooklyn Center City Hall & Community Center, 6301 Shingle Creek Parkway, 763-569-3338

Brooklyn Park 

  • Brooklyn Park Library, 8600 Zane Avenue North, 612-543-6225
  • Brooklyn Park City Hall, 5200 85th Avenue North., 763-493-8045
  • City of Brooklyn Park-Operations & Maintenance, 8300 Nobel Avenue North, 763-493-8006
  • Hennepin County Drop-off Facility in Brooklyn Park, 8100 Jefferson Highway, 612-348-3777

Champlin

  • Champlin City Hall, 11955 Champlin Drive, 763-421-8100
  • Champlin Library, 12154 Ensign Ave. N., 612-543-6250

Corcoran

  • Corcoran City Hall, 8200 County Road 116, 763-420-2288

Crystal

  • Crystal City Hall, 4141 Douglas Drive North, 763-493-8006
  • Rockford Road Library, 6401 42nd Avenue North, 612-543-5875

Dayton

  • Dayton City Hall, 12260 S. Diamond Lake Road, 763-427-4589

Eden Prairie

  • Eden Prairie Police Department, 8080 Mitchell Road, 952-949-8360

Edina 

  • Edina Library, 5280 Grandview Square, 612-543-6325
  • Southdale Library, 7001 York Avenue South, 612-543-5900

Excelsior

  • Excelsior Library, 343 Third Street, 952-847-5454

Golden Valley

  • Golden Valley City Hall, 7800 Golden Valley Road, 763-593-8046
  • Golden Valley Library, 830 Winnetka Avenue North, 612-543-6375

Greenfield 

  • Greenfield City Hall, 7738 Commerce Circle, 763-477-6464

Hanover

  • Hanover City Hall, 11250 Fifth Street Northeast, 763-497-3777

Hopkins

  • City of Hopkins Public Works, 11100 Excelsior Boulevard, 952-548-6351
  • Hopkins Library, 22 11th Avenue North, 612-543-6400

Independence

  • Independence City Hall, 1920 County Road 90, 763-479-0527

Long Lake

  • City of Long Lake Public Works, 2145 Daniels Street, 952-476-2855
  • Long Lake Library, 18675 Wayzata Boulevard, 612-543-6425

Loretto 

  • Loretto City Hall, 259 North Medina Street, 763-479-4305 

Maple Grove

  • Maple Grove Government Center, 12800 Arbor Lakes Parkway, 763-494-6365
  • City of Maple Grove Recycling Drop-off Center, 9331 Fernbrook Lane, 763-494-6365
  • Maple Grove Library, 8001 Main Street, 612-543-6450

Maple Plain

  • Maple Plain Library, 5184 Main Street East, 612-543-5700

Medicine Lake

  • Medicine Lake City Hall, 10609 South Shore Drive, 763-544-3285

Medina

  • Medina City Hall, 2052 County Road 24, 763-473-4643

Minneapolis

  • Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, 612-543-8000

Minnetonka

  • Minnetonka City Hall, 14600 Minnetonka Boulevard, 952-939-8200
  • Minnetonka Library, 17524 Excelsior Boulevard
    , 612-543-5725
  • Ridgedale Regional Center, 12601 Ridgedale Drive, 612-543-0057

Minnetonka Beach

  • Minnetonka Beach City Hall, 2945 Westwood Road, 952-471-8878

Minnetrista

  • Minnetrista City Hall, 7701 County Road 110 West, 952-446-1660

Mound

  • Mound City Hall, 5341 Maywood Road, 952-472-0603
  • Westonka Library, 2079 Commerce Boulevard, 612-543-6175

New Hope

  • New Hope City Hall, 4401 Xylon Avenue North, 763-531-5123
  • West Metro Fire-Rescue District, 4251 Xylon Avenue North, 763-230-7001

Orono

  • Orono Village Hall, 2750 Kelley Parkway, 952-249-4602

Osseo

  • Osseo City Hall, 415 Central Avenue, 763-425-5741

Plymouth

  • Plymouth City Hall, 3400 Plymouth Boulevard, 763-509-5906, recycling@plymouthmn.gov
  • City of Plymouth Public Works Maintenance Facility, 14900 23rd Avenue North, 763-509-5950

Richfield

  • Augsburg Park Library, 7100 Nicollet Avenue, 612-543-6200
  • Woodlake Nature Center, 6710 Lake Shore Drive, 612-861-9365

Robbinsdale

  • Robbinsdale City Hall, 4100 Lakeview Avenue North, 763-537-4534

Rockford

  • City of Rockford Library, 8220 Cedar Street, 763-477-4216

Rogers

  • City of Rogers & Hassan Township, 22350 South Diamond Lake Road, 763-428-8580

Shorewood

  • Shorewood City Hall, 5755 Country Club Road, 952-474-3236

St. Anthony

  • St. Anthony Village City Hall, 3301 Silver Lake Road, 612-782-3312
  • St. Anthony Library, 2941 Pentagon Drive Northeast, 612-543-6075 

St. Louis Park

  • St. Louis Park City Hall, 5005 Minnetonka Boulevard, 952-924-2555
  • St. Louis Park Library, 3240 Library Lane, 612-543-6125
  • St. Louis Park Municipal Service Center, 7305 Oxford Street, 952-924-2562

Tonka Bay

  • Tonka Bay City Hall, 4901 Manitou Road, 952-474-7994

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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