Batteries

Used Batteries a Problem?
Recycle Them!

BATTERIES CAN BE AN ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEM. Two types of batteries are found in the average household and both contain heavy metals and other materials that are toxic and corrosive.

Dry Cell Batteries

batteries are the small household batteries that power flashlights, toys, cassette players, cameras, cell phones, hearing aids, watches and many other household items. They may or may not be rechargeable. They may be round, square, button-shaped or in a pack. Although “dry cell” batteries represent less than one percent of municipal solid waste weight, they account for 52 percent of all cadmium and 88 percent of all mercury found in landfills.

“Dry Cell” (small household) Batteries Include:

  • AAA, AA, C, D cell
  • 9-volt
  • Button (hearing aid, watch, calculators)
  • Ni-Cd (rechargeable batteries found in cellular phones and power tools)
  • Lithium

Wet Cell Batteries

Wet Cell batteries (or lead-acid batteries) are the large batteries used in cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats and industrial applications. They contain acid and lead. Wet cell batteries are banned from all landfills in Ohio because of their potential to leach toxic chemicals as they break down. Neither you nor your trash hauler may dispose of wet cell batteries in the landfill.

“Wet Cell” Batteries Include:

  • Car
  • Motorcycle
  • Marine
  • Lawn mower

HOW ARE BATTERIES RECYCLED?

You can help turn potential environmental contaminants into tomorrow’s resources by recycling your household batteries. A network of Erie County retailers and scrap yards accept both small household batteries and large “wet cell” (automotive and marine) batteries from the public. The batteries are sent to various battery recyclers in Ohio and across the country that break them down and recover valuable metals, acids and other components.

At the dry-cell recycling facility, a thermal process is used to reclaim the cadmium, nickel and iron content of the batteries. The recycled cadmium is used to make new batteries while the nickel and iron are used to make stainless steel. Spent lead batteries are transported to secondary smelters and the lead, acid and plastic are recovered to reuse. A typical automotive battery contains 18-20 pounds of lead and 3 pounds of plastic.

WHERE TO TAKE DRY CELL BATTERIES IN ERIE COUNTY?

Several Erie County retail businesses have joined with the Erie County Solid Waste District to collect and recycle dry cell (small household) batteries. Batteries are accepted during normal operating hours.

BGSU Firelands Campus
1 University Dr.
Huron
419.433.5560

Erie County Sewer & Water Billing Office
2900 Columbus Ave. Annex Building
Sandusky
419.627.7638

Erie MetroParks
Frost Center
3910 Perkins Ave.
Huron
419.625.7783

Goodwill Industries:
Bellevue Goodwill
855 W. Main St.
Bellevue, OH 44811
419-483-2244

Fremont Goodwill
1040 Oak Harbor Rd.
Fremont, OH 43420
419-355-1579
Mon-Sat 9-8, Sun 12-5

Goodwill Dollar Store
419 W. Market St.
Sandusky, OH 44870
567-219-1569

Huron Goodwill
422 Cleveland Rd.
Huron, OH 44839
419-433-7542

Norwalk Goodwill
295 Milan Ave.
Norwalk, OH 44857
419-668-4205

Port Clinton Goodwill
205 S.E. Catawba Rd.
Port Clinton, OH 43452
419-734-6042

Sandusky Goodwill
924 E. Perkins Ave.
Sandusky, OH 44870
419-625-2910

Willard Goodwill
108 Blossom Center
Willard, OH 44890
419-935-4048

Home Depot
715 Crossings Rd.
Sandusky
419.626.6493

Huron Ace Hardware
402 Cleveland Rd. E
Huron
419.433.4797

Island Market
109 Division St.
Kelleys Island
419.746.2292

Lowe’s
5500 Milan Rd.
Sandusky
419.624.6000

ODNR Coastal Management 
105 W. Shoreline Dr.
Sandusky
419.626.7980

One Stop Battery
4007 Tiffin Ave.
Sandusky
419.502.6095

Vermilion Ace Hardware
4781 Liberty Ave.
Vermilion
440.963.2223

Vermilion Township Barn
11607 Stanley Rd.
Vermilion
440.967.3251

We ask that the public use one of the businesses listed above to recycle their household batteries.

There are four area school districts are participating in battery recycling and are listed below.

  • Berlin-Milan Schools Supt. Office
  • Huron City Schools
  • Margaretta Local School
    Superintendent’s Office
  • Vermilion School District

Students may bring in their old household batteries for recycling to any school in these districts.

WHERE TO TAKE WET CELL BATTERIES IN ERIE COUNTY?

SOME SITES CHARGE A FEE OR LIMIT AMOUNTS….. CHECK FIRST. Most retailers that sell wet cell (auto and marine) batteries will a accept your old battery when you buy a new one. The following businesses also accept wet cell batteries without additional purchase.

Advanced Auto Parts
2238 Campbell St.
Sandusky
419-624-8950

Bob’s Auto Wrecking & Recovery
12602 St. Rt. 13
Milan
419-499-2005

Ebert’s Garage
7804 S. Hayes Ave.
Sandusky
419-359-1353

Firestone
4320 Milan Rd.
Sandusky
419-871-0095

Galloway Brothers
2717 Old Railroad
Sandusky
419-626-8492
Lead batteries only

Huron Ace Hardware
402 Cleveland Rd. E.
Huron
419-433-4797

Kasper Buick Pontiac GMC
2401 Cleveland Rd.
Sandusky
419-625-8035

 

Lakeland Import Auto Service
4601 Columbus Ave.
Sandusky
419-627-9626

Lowe’s
5500 Milan Rd.
Sandusky
419-624-6000

Maag’s Auto & Machine
1640 Columbus Ave.
Sandusky
419-504-0603

Menards
1101 Lakecrest Pkwy.
Sandusky
419-621-1205

One Stop Battery
4007 Tiffin Ave.
Sandusky
419-502-6095

Robert’s Auto Electric
2322 Sadler St..
Sandusky
419-625-8156

Sandusky Steel & Supply
1943 Milan Rd.
Sandusky
419-626-4245

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