As of May 1st, 2024 the price for recycling batteries has gone up to $3/pound

The price of batteries has tripled from $1/lb to $3/lb. We want you to understand we aren’t making money on the recycling batteries (quite the opposite), this is simply the current cost of battery recycling.  Our battery vendor charges us $3 per pound for batteries and that does not include the freight for moving the batteries to the facility in Mesa. 

Than you for your understanding and integrity when it comes to recycling your batteries with us. If this pricing is out of reach for your budget, we have been told that Staples does accept certain batteries for free. 


Most household batteries are accepted for recycling, including:
  • A through D
  • 9-volt
  • Rechargeable or single use
  • Cell phone batteries
  • Drill batteries
  • Watch batteries

Batteries are recycled at Battery Solutions in Mesa, AZ. Click here to see how each type of battery is recycled.

We do not accept auto batteries, please take them to O’Reilly Auto Parts or Napa Auto Parts.


Rechargeables vs. Disposables

According to the EPA, Americans purchase nearly 3 billion dry-cell disposable batteries every year. This constitutes 88% of the mercury and 54% of the cadmium deposited into US solid waste landfills, posing a potential long-term threat to groundwater and drinking water supplies.

According to a study by Uniross carried out in 2007, the production of rechargeable batteries have the following advantages over disposables (comparing serviceable life):

– 23 times less potential impact on non-renewable natural resources
– 28 times less potential impact on global warming
– 30 times less potential impact on air pollution (ozone pollution)
– 9 times less potential impact on air acidification
– 2 times less potential impact on water pollution


Cost Analysis for Rechargeable vs. Disposable Batteries*

Battery Type
Batteries Produced Initial Procurement Cost Per Battery Total Procurement Costs Hazardous Waste Disposal (grams) 3-year Cost Savings
Rechargeable 1 $11 $11 16gm $639
Disposable 876 $0.74 $650 105gm


* Soviero, Marcelle, “Batteries Come Clean,” Popular Science, July 1992, v241, n1.