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Under Florida law, it is illegal to discard nickel-cadmium or small sealed lead acid rechargeable batteries or products containing such rechargeable batteries in the trash. The batteries must be recycled or sent to a facility permitted to dispose of those batteries. This prohibition applies to every resident as well as every business, institutional, government, industrial, commercial, communications or medical facility in the state.

Homeowner's Guide to Battery Recycling and Disposal

Confused about all the types and sizes of batteries? This battery guidance document explains how to properly dispose of various batteries commonly used around the home.

Most local Household Hazardous Waste programs accept all types of rechargeable batteries from residents.

Manufacturers and Marketers

Florida Statute 403.7192 requires that manufacturers and marketers of rechargeable battery and rechargeable battery powered products sold in Florida implement a unit management system. The unit management system should clearly inform consumers of the disposal prohibition, ensure batteries and products are labeled to show electrolyte and disposal options, and provide a program to properly collect, transport, and recycle or dispose of the batteries and products. If the manufacturers and marketers fail to comply, they are not allowed to sell their batteries and products in Florida. Batteries and battery-powered products subject to this requirement are limited to nickel-cadmium and small sealed lead-acid rechargeable batteries weighing less than 25 pounds and not used exclusively for memory backup, as well as mercuric oxide non-rechargeable batteries.

  • Battery Recycling Advisory from DOT - The Department of Transportation (DOT) has published a letter describing shipping requirements for spent batteries that include covering terminals prior to shipping to prevent short-circuiting.
  • Alkaline Battery Shipping Guidance - PHMSA (Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration) has clarified that you do not have to cover the terminals of spent alkaline dry cell batteries (9 volts or less) during shipping.

Rules and Related Laws

Links of Interest


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Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Hazardous Waste Regulation Section
2600 Blair Stone Road, MS 4560
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2400

Or contact the Waste Compliance Section at 850-245-8707.

Return to the Hazardous Waste Management webpage.

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May 25, 2023 - 10:32am

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