Automotive Battery Collection and Recycling



Environmental Conservation, Department of State
Businesses that sell new lead-acid batteries for vehicles must accept batteries for recycling.

Businesses that sell to consumers and distributors that sell to retailers must both accept batteries of six or more volts. If batteries are not recycled, they must be disposed of as hazardous waste. Auto parts stores and car repair shops must follow this law.

Retailers must accept, free of charge, up to two used lead batteries per month from any individual. It is illegal to dispose of these batteries in the trash. Businesses must post signs informing customers that discarding auto batteries is illegal.

For more information, contact:

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
Division of Materials Management, Bureau of Waste Reduction & Recycling
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-7253
Phone: (518) 402-8706

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