March 8, 2023

When Changing Clocks and Checking Smoke Detector Batteries This Weekend, Reduce the Risk for Trash Fires by Properly Recycling Batteries

Daylight Saving Time begins overnight Saturday-Sunday, March 11-12. In addition to moving clocks one hour forward, it is a good reminder to check or replace the batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. If batteries are being replaced, the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection encourages residents to not throw them in the trash. They need to be recycled properly.

Improperly disposed batteries in trash and recycling containers can result in trash fires. To avoid a potential tragedy, County residents can bring all types of batteries to the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) drop-off area at the Montgomery County Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station. The recycling facility is located at 16101 Frederick Rd. in Derwood.

Some retailers also offer drop-off programs to recycle batteries. Check the Call2Recycle website to find a nearby location.

For more information on all recycling opportunities in Montgomery County, visit Home - Recycling and Resource Management Division (