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Environmental Health

Environmental Health

Battery Recycling

Batteries contain heavy metals and corrosive chemicals that can be dangerous to the environment, and health of the public, if not disposed of properly. Half of the mercury, 65% of the lead and 75% of the cadmium, in residential trash is from discarded batteries.  While each battery has only a small amount of these compounds, as a community we discard nearly 1.5 million batteries every year.  Unfortunately, the things we commonly do to dispose of residential solid waste does not keep these materials from affecting the environment.  Home trash burning puts pollutants in the air immediately.  Even landfills, the most common destination of solid waste in Monroe County, could possibly leak pollutants into the water table over time.  Monroe County consumers can do their part by choosing better disposal options for batteries.

The following types of batteries will be accepted at collection sites:

  • Alkaline – Including AA, AAA, C, D, Button Batteries, 9V, Lantern Batteries.

Please observe the following DOs and DON'Ts at the drop-off locations.

  • Do not leave batteries over 12 volts.
  • Do bag button batteries.
  • Do tape across the positive (+) and negative (–) contacts or place batteries in a plastic bag if the electrical contacts are on the same side (as a common 9V battery).
  • Don't place batteries outside the collection receptacle.
  • Do make sure the battery is discharged (has no power left).
  • Don't disassemble batteries before placing in a receptacle.
  • Don't include cracked or leaking batteries.

Drop-Off Locations for Household Batteries

Kroger Stores:
850 S. Monroe St.  Monroe, MI 
571 E. Monroe St. Dundee, MI
3462 W. Sterns Rd. Lambertville, MI

Lambertville Hardware 
8100 Secor Rd., Lambertville

(734) 856-3703

Monroe County Health Department  
2353 S. Custer Road, Monroe

(734) 240-7900

 Petersburg True Value Hardware  (734) 279-1664
 64 Saline St., Petersburg  
 Battery Wholesale, Inc. (734) 241-7600
 303 S. Monroe St., Monroe   
 Baker Ace Hardware  (734) 241-8959
 905 N. Dixie Hwy., Monroe   
 Herkimer Radio Service  (734) 242-0806
 2708 N. Telegraph Rd., Monroe  
 Milan Ace Hardware and Rental (734) 439-0432
 513 W. Main St., Milan  
 Dundee Ace Hardware (734) 529-5023
 545 E. Monroe St., Dundee   
 St. Pierre Ace Hardware (734) 243-6180
 1490 Stewart Rd., Monroe