RECYCLE BATTERIES & LIGHT BULBS
You may have been told that it's ok to place batteries in the trash. But did you know that batteries contain toxic chemicals and heavy metals like lead, lithium and mercury? Single-use or rechargeable batteries have to be recycled to avoid these heavy metals to leak into the ground and contaminate soil and water. Furthermore, the recycling process of battery allows to recover metal, chemicals and plastic for further use.
Yet, because of low market interest for recycling single-use battery, it is difficult to find drop-off boxes for these AA, AAA... alkaline batteries. As of today, there are NO locations in Houston to accept single-use alkaline batteries. Unlike what they advertise, Batteries+bulbs will NOT recycle single-use batteries. So the only solution would be to mail them.
Some stores like Lowe's or Home Depot in Houston will accept rechargeable batteries like power tools, cellphone, computer.
You can drop-off Lead Acid batteries (car and motorised equipment batteries), and rechargeable batteries - lithium - ion (Li-ION), nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH) and nickel cadmium (Ni-CD) - at the below recycling centers. AA, AAA, C, D single use batteries are not accepted:
Single-use, can be mailed for recycling:
Or check with your company or your kids school. They may have a battery recycling program accepting also single-use ones.
Recycling boxes for rechargeable batteries (Ni-Cd, Li-Ion, SSLA/Pb, Ni-MHNi-ZN), cellphone and power tool batteries can be found at:
If you are confused about what type of battery you have, you can check this document.
And if you really want to make a difference check our reduce page for tips about batteries.
Fluorescent light and CFL (Compact Fluorescent Light) bulbs contain a small amount of mercury. Like for batteries, if not properly disposed of mercury can damage our soil and water supply. So you may think twice before trashing your burnt out light bulbs. You can safely dispose of fluorescent and CFL light bulbs at:
City and County recycling centers:
Stores offering recycling bins for CFL:
Light Bulb Depot (fee of $1 per bulb)
Batteries + Bulbs stores accept a larger range of light bulbs (Incandescent, Fluorescent Light, CFL, Halogen, UV... ). A fee may apply.
As per your Christmas lights, some metal recyclers are accepting them in Houston.