Battery Recycling Locations

Ellensburg

Kittitas County Solid Waste Office
925 Industrial Way

Jerrol’s - 111 E University Way
Jerrol’s does not accept Lead Acid Batteries

Cle Elum
Cle Elum Transfer Station
50 No.5 Mine Rd

Carpenter Library
302 Pennsylvania Ave

Pioneer Coffee Roasting Co.
121 Pennsylvania Ave
Carpenter Library & Pioneer Coffee Roasting Co. do not accept Lead Acid Batteries

How to Safely Recycle Batteries
with Kittitas County Solid Waste Programs

Batteries stored together and not properly packaged could explode or catch fire during storage or transportation. To safely store and transport batteries they need to be separated into 2 categories, Terminal Protected and Unprotected. Many batteries look alike but can be made using different chemistries. Below are some helpful hints to help you identify your batteries and how to package them for everyone’s safety.

When in Doubt, Bag It or Tape It

Unsure of the type of battery you are dealing with? When in doubt just Bag it or Tape it for your safety. There is no harm done in protecting the terminals of any battery type. Terminal protection on the battery types listed is a requirement of the Federal Department of Transportation, for safe ground transportation of batteries for recycling or disposal.
Go to "How to Protect the Terminals".

Batteries That Need Terminal Protection

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Rechargeable

Just as the name states ANY RECHARGEABLE battery (Lithium-ion (Li-ion), Nickel-Cadmium (NiCd) Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH). Rechargeable batteries can be AAA, AA, C, D, Cordless phone, Walkie Talkie, Cellphone, Laptop Computer, Cordless Power Equipment and the list goes on.

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Lithium Primary

These batteries are not rechargeable but are always marked LITHIUM (Li). Lithium Primary batteries can be AAA, AA, C, D, 9v, and are used in many Digital Cameras. Link to how to protect the terminals

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Button/Coin Batteries

These Batteries are found in watches, hearing aids, key fobs, along with many other items. The best way we have found to protect the terminals is to place them between clear packing tape

How to Protect the Terminals

Protect the terminals on batteries by either individually placing in a clear bag or placing tape over the positive terminal (Clear Packing Tape or Electrical Tape only)

DO NOT cover up the batteries label

Helpful Hint:
This process is much easier if you do it as you replace your batteries

Image displaying batteries with correctly proteced terminals
Image displaying batteries with correctly proteced terminals
Image displaying batteries with correctly proteced terminals
Image displaying batteries with incorrectly proteced terminals
Image displaying batteries with incorrectly proteced terminals

 

Batteries Which Terminals Can Be Left Unprotected

Lead acid batteries
Lead Acid Batteries

Lead Acid (not accepted at Jerrol’s or Pioneer Coffee Roasting Co.)

Lead Acid (Pb) batteries from cars, tractors, four wheelers, motorbikes are expected at both locations. Lead Acid batteries can be recycled at the Cle Elum Transfer Station and by the Kittitas County Solid Waste Office. Please place batteries on pallets outside by the used oil tanks.

Lead acid batteries
Alkaline Batteries

Alkaline

Alkaline batteries are the most common of the household batteries (9v, AAA, AA, C, D). They are used for powering flashlights, small appliances, some personal electronics, and other small electronic items. These batteries are not rechargeable and often are deemed “HEAVY DUTY”. There is no need to protect the terminals on Alkaline Batteries