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Household Battery Recycling

Household batteries make up 10% to 25% of our hazardous waste stream. These types of batteries contain at least 22 toxic elements plus plastic and steel. All of these elements can be recovered and used in the re-manufacturing of new batteries and other consumer products: mercury, lead, cadmium, chromium, manganese, silver, selenium and acids. 

The County recycles about 33,000 pounds annually. All batteries collected are packed and sent to a company in Pecos, Texas, where they are completely recycled. Raw materials recovered are sold on the open market and re-used. 

There are over 100 collection locations that accept household batteries within Pasco County: retailers (e.g. K-Mart, Radio Shack, Wal-Mart), civic associations, municipalities, the school system, County buildings, recycling centers, and hazwaste centers. 

Blue 5-gallon plastic containers have been distributed throughout the County at all participating locations. White and blue posters encouraging people to recycle batteries convey the use of these containers. Some retailers place the containers where new batteries are sold or even behind the counter, so please ask if you don't see one.