March 17, 2021

When Doing Spring Cleaning, Make Sure to Properly Recycle Rechargeable Batteries 


Spring is almost here and with that comes spring cleaning.  The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) wants to remind residents who are cleaning out closets, garages, basements and attics that when they find rechargeable batteries that have reached the end of their usefulness in cordless appliances and tools, those batteries must be recycled and not thrown out in the trash.

Rechargeable batteries can release toxic chemicals and cause serious fires when punctured, cracked or crushed. That is why they should not be tossed into the trash or recycling bin.

Useless rechargeable batteries should be removed from devices—including from devices that themselves will not have further useful lives. The batteries can be taken to the County’s Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off at the Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station, which is located at 16101 Frederick Rd. in Derwood. In addition, select retail stores accept rechargeable batteries for recycling.

Devices with batteries that cannot be removed should be taken to the Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off.

A video with more information on battery recycling can be viewed at

For more information on the County’s recycling program, go to