BATTERIES & CELL PHONES
What to Do With Household Batteries & Cell Phones
Industry changes have significantly reduced the presence of heavy metals in alkaline batteries and as a result, alkaline batteries can now be SAFELY DISPOSED OF IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD GARBAGE. Alkaline batteries include AAA’s, AA’s, C’s, D’s, 9-volts, etc. Some RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES still contain potentially hazardous materials and SHOULD BE RECYCLED.
The following Rechargeable Batteries should be recycled:
- Nickel Cadmium- Ni-Cd
- Nickel Metal Hydride- NiMH
- Lithium Ion- Li-ion
- Small Sealed Lead- Pb (weighing less than 2 lbs./1kg.)
Most of these batteries come from items we use every day such as cordless power tools, cellular and cordless phones, laptop computers and camcorders.
Where Do Residents Go to Recycle Rechargeable Batteries?
These batteries can be recycled through the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC), a non-profit organization that focuses on collecting rechargeable batteries and managing them in an environmentally safe manner. There are a number of retailers in York County that work with RBRC to collect rechargeable batteries AND CELL PHONES in their stores. You may take your rechargeable batteries & CELL PHONES to any of these retail outlets. There is NO COST to you.
Old cell phones (any brand) may also be donated to "Hope Line", a program sponsored by Verizon. Hope Line provides cell phones for domestic violence prevention programs. Take your old cell phone to any Verizon retail store in York County and donate it for free.
Where Should Businesses Go to Recycle Rechargeable Batteries/cell phones?
Businesses can recycle their rechargeable batteries by becoming a partner with the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation. Businesses can get specific information about how to partner with RBRC by contacting them directly.
To learn more about battery and cell phone recycling and RBRC, check out their web site: www.rbrc.org.
You can also contact RBRC at:
RBRC 1000 Parkwood Circle Suite 450 Atlanta, GA 30339 | Phone: 678-419-9990 | Fax: 678-419-9986
NOTE: Used car batteries can still be taken to any retail outlet that sells car batteries. Under Act 101; Pennsylvania’s Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act of 1988, retail outlets that sell car batteries must accept the used car batteries at no cost.
Retail Outlets That Accept Rechargeable Batteries and cell phones from residents:
- York County Solid Waste Authority Management Center: 2700 Blackbridge Road, York, PA 17402 | Phone: 717-845-1066
- Batteries Plus: 984 Loucks Road, York, PA 17404 | Phone: 717 718-3547
- Battery Warehouse: 1201 Broadway, Hanover, PA 17331 | Phone: 717 633-5149
- Black and Decker/DeWalt Factory: 2201 Industrial Highway, York, PA 17402-2224 | Phone: 717 755-3441
- Dohm TV: 1960 Carlisle Road, York, PA 17408 | Phone: 717 767-4321
- Home Depot: 2905 East Market Street, York, PA 17402 | Phone: 717 757-0440
- Kuhn's Radio Communications: 755 Vogelsong Road, York, PA 17404-1760 | Phone: 717 848-1656
- Lowes: 2449 E. Market St., York, PA 17402 | Phone: 717 757-4802
- Lowes: 1175 Carlisle Road, York, PA 17404 | Phone: 717 676-4050
- Newcomer’s Electric: 1055 Baltimore Street, Hanover, PA 17331 | Phone: 717 632-3172
- RadioShack: Dillsburg Shopping Center, 864 N. US RT 15, Dillsburg, PA 17019 | Phone: 717 432-7265
- RadioShack: 148 Newberry Parkway, Etters, PA 17319-9361 | Phone: 717 938-5569
- RadioShack: 1155 Carlisle Street, Hanover, PA 17331 | Phone: 717 632-5055
- RadioShack: 481 Eisenhower Drive, Hanover, PA 17331-5214 | Phone: 717 632-8292
- RadioShack: 3167 Cape Horn Road, Red Lion, PA 17356-8806 | Phone: 717 244-7087
- RadioShack: York Galleria Mall, York, PA 17402 | Phone: 717 751-0902
- RadioShack: 351 Loucks Road, York, PA 17404 | Phone: 717 848-6283
- RadioShack: West Manchester Mall, York, PA 17408 | Phone: 717 764-3840
- Staples: 965 Loucks Road, York, PA 17404 | Phone: 717 852-8454
- Staples: 2915 Concord Road, York, PA 17402 | Phone: 717 755-1753
- Target: 2610 Pleasant Valley Road, York, PA 17402 | Phone: 717 755-2759
- Target: 2251 York Crossing Drive, York, PA 17408 | Phone: 717 764-9661