Throwing Away Toys and Appliances with Batteries? Read This First!

Batteries Can Cause Trash Fires
Batteries Can Cause Trash Fires February 10, 2021

Cordless appliances and tools are everywhere. What happens when it’s time to throw them away? 

DO NOT toss batteries into the trash or recycling bin. 

Cordless appliances and tools have rechargeable batteries that release toxic chemicals and cause serious fires when punctured, cracked, or crushed.

Instead, remove batteries before getting rid of old appliances.

Take all batteries to Montgomery County’s Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off or select retailers so that they can be properly recycled.

If you can’t remove the battery, bring the whole appliance to Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off for safe disposal.

Go to for more information and a drop-off location near you.

Our workers and our equipment are counting on you to be safe!

Thank you!

2 comments on "Throwing Away Toys and Appliances with Batteries? Read This First!"

  1. Lucille A. Mostello says:

    Please clarify what to do with ordinary alkaline batteries. Can they be thrown into the trash? Are they hazardous?

  2. Battery-dependent appliances are very useful yet dangerous stuff. If you wish to get rid of the appliances or stuff at your home, better seek professional help for safety of you and the environment.

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