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!

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

  1. Marvin Arthur says:

    None of the locations listed show that they accept “regular” (non-rechargeable) batteries such as D, C, AA, AAA, which I would expect would be the largest types of batteries used in a home. Your directions need to more clearly specify what to do with these types of batteries.

    1. Jjjk says:

      Best Buy will take those types of batteries & recycle

    2. penace03 says:

      Thank you for your email, Mr. Arthur. We are checking into other ways we can let people know about places that accept non-recyclable batteries. Meantime, Batteries+ located at 1045 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852 accepts and recycles non-recyclable batteries.
      Thank you again for bringing this matter to our attention.

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