How to Dispose of Old Batteries

Queen City Disposal has some important information about how to dispose of batteries or where to recycle them

Which to trash and which to recycle?


  • Alkaline batteries
    • These are the common household types found in remotes, clocks, flashlights, smoke detectors, and other wireless devices. They do not contain mercury and therefore are non-hazardous and can be thrown away in your trash. To be safe, when disposing of them, collect used batteries in a container that won’t cause a spark, such as a plastic tub, and prevent any fire risk by taping 9-volt terminals before tossing.


  • Lithium-ion batteries
    • Are found in most portable devices such as cellphones and laptops.
  • Nickel metal hydride and nickel-cadmium batteries
    • Are found in electronics such as cordless power tools, digital cameras, two-way radios, and cordless phones.
  • Small sealed lead-acid batteries
    • These are less common in homes and found in emergency devices, emergency exit signs, security systems, mobility scooters, and other special-use items.


  • These types have potentially toxic metals in them such as cadmium, lead, and historically, mercury. Diverting these metals from landfills and recycling them instead is important to ensure that the metals don’t leak out and pollute our drinking water. 


If you’re in doubt about what type of battery you need to dispose of, call Queen City Disposal. We’re always here to help.

Queen City Disposal is a locally owned and operated business. Our mission is to ensure the delivery of a cost-effective and environmentally sound solid waste management system. 

Contact us today and let’s talk trash!  
Queen City Disposal
50 Reynolds Street
Clarksville, TN  37040
Phone: (931) 896-1500