Million Pound Battery Challenge

In an effort to raise awareness the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation is challenging Americans to clean out junk drawers and recycle one million pounds of rechargeable batteries by October 1.

Rechargeable batteries, such as those used in cell phones and cordless drills are prohibited from household trash in NYC and must be recycled. NYC stores must recycle the same type of rechargeable batteries that they sell. Cell phones and their batteries can be returned to any store that sells these devices. Click here to find a retail collection box near you or visit one of these select Greenmarkets. Visit to get a free bin for your apartment building.

Note: this program does not include regular alkaline batteries, which can be dropped off at the NYC Department of Sanitation's Special Waste Drop-Off Sites as well as local stores listed in our NYC Recycling Resources handout.