Rechargeable, lithium batteries no longer accepted in Minneapolis recycling

Rechargeable, lithium batteries no longer accepted in Minneapolis recycling Photo: KSTP

Updated: November 19, 2019 02:06 PM

The City of Minneapolis announced Tuesday that batteries will no longer be accepted in the city's recycling.

A release states alkaline batteries, such as single use AA and AAA, may be disposed of in the solid waste and recycling black garbage carts. Rechargeable batteries, lithium batteries and items containing batteries such as electronic cigarettes and cellphones are prohibited from all of the city's garbage and recycling carts.


Hennepin County is accepting batteries at its permanent drop-off locations in Bloomington and Brookyln Park. They will also accept batteries at hazardous waste drop-off events located around Minneapolis in the spring, summer and fall. According to the release, Call2Recycle lists additional retail drop-off sites for rechargeable batteries. For devices that have difficult-to-remove batteries, the city says people should bring the entire device to a drop-off location. Some items would include vaping devices, cellphones and digital watches.

Hennepin County discontinues battery recycling after vape pen starts fire

Hennepin County recently discontinued its battery collection program at community locations due to a fire at one of its drop-off locations caused by a vaping device.

Lithium batteries are responsible for fires in collection vehicles, drop-off programs and disposal facilities around the country at increasing rates. To prevent fires, individually bag each lithium and other rechargable battery in a clear plastic bag, or place clear tape on the positive and negative terminals.

To learn more about getting rid of batteries, click here.

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