Picture of a bulk container of alkaline batteries. NLR recycles batteries inlcuding alkaline, lithium, NiCad, and more.


Why NLR recycles batteries.

NLR offers battery recycling to keep up with the increases in battery consumption. Batteries power an ever-growing list of machinery and cordless electronics, including cell phones and smartphones, digital cameras, laptops, tablets, mobile gaming devices and cordless power tools. Batteries are so prolific you may not even realize how many are around you with backup batteries existing in hard-wired electronics as well. Most batteries contain hazardous chemical and are regulated as universal waste. These chemicals can easily contaminate the environment if discarded with ordinary trash. Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium ion, Alkaline, and Lead-Acid batteries are a few that contain hazardous chemicals. NLR can help businesses properly recycle many different chemistries of batteries and battery back-ups.

A picture of one of NLR's workers safely removing a battery from a cellphone. NLR recycles E-Waste and Lithium Batteries.

Accepted Battery Chemistries

A picture of three different batteries. NLR recycles lithium batteries and other types of batteries as well.

Lithium Batteries

NLR recycles lithium ion batteries like button batteries, laptop and cellphone batteries, and other rechargeable lithium battery packs.

A picture of two different types of nickel cadmium batteries. NLR recycles batteries including nickel cadmium or NiCad batteries.

Nickel Cadmium (NiCad)

NLR recycles different styles of NiCad batteries like NiCad rechargeable batteries from power tools.

Picture of several different sizes of alkaline batteries. NLR accepts alkaline, lithium ion, nicad, lead acid, and other batteries.

Alkaline Batteries

NLR recycles all styles of alkaline batteries, including AA, AAA, 9 volt, D and C batteries.

A picture of a lead acid car battery and a battery back up. NLR recycles lead acid batteries and other batteries.

Lead Acid Batteries

NLR recycles lead acid batteries including car batteries and many types of battery back-ups.

A picture of three liquid NiCad batteries. NLR recycles many different batteries.

Other Batteries

NLR recycles other batteries including Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH), Mercury, Silver Oxide, Zinc Air, and more.

A part of NLR's lead acid battery procedures. NLR recycles batteries and other universal waste.

Battery Resources

Batteries can be one of the most dangerous universal wastes to handle. For more info on proper handling procedures please see these additional resources.

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Featured Services

White-glove Truckload Pickup

Have a recurring stream of universal waste? Enjoy the convenience of an email or call-in to schedule a pick-up, or set up recurring weekly or monthly pick-ups. Recurring pick-ups can be automatically scheduled, no phone call required. Let, NLR’s fully licensed and permitted fleet of vehicles and drivers safely transport your universal waste. Recycling universal waste doesn’t have to be a burden. We do pick-up right.

National Mail-back Program

Our BakPak program is as simple as pack-ship-done. We pre-label all containers identifying your location. No additional administration is required by the customer. Just pack the container and call FedEx for pick-up.

Special Considerations For Batteries.

To prevent short circuits and fires it is critical that you tape battery terminals before recycling them. Most batteries are not fully discharged before they are discarded. This means a charge could travel between terminals and spark a fire that endangers workers, property, and the general public. There are some easy steps handlers can take to prevent possible catastrophic fires, such as covering your batteries’ terminals with non-conductive tape before recycling.

Additional Considerations:

  • Lithium Ion should be stored safely without the possibility of puncture. Puncturing a lithium battery this can result in the battery sparking and exploding
  • Button batteries should be placed on a piece of tape to safely collect them where they are out the reach of children, because they can cause great harm if crushed or accidentally swallowed.
  • Wet batteries should be placed right side up in an approved plastic container. Upside down batteries increase the risk for leaks, which can result in corrosive chemicals causing chemical burns to your waste handlers or ours. Please be considerate.
  • Never place batteries in a metal container, as this can result in electrical injuries to your employees, transporters, or our warehouse staff.

For more information download our Batteries Non-Conductive Procedures Guide.

A picture of a battery with its terminals taped. NLR recycles batteries and other universal wastes. It strongly encourages its customers to tape battery terminals to avoid short circuits and fires.
If you're recycling different types of batteries together, you must tape your terminals. Taping your terminals prevents short circuits and fires.

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