Keep batteries out of garbage & recycling carts

Help prevent fires at recycling centers and landfills! Keep lithium and rechargeable batteries out of your garbage and recycling carts, and drop them off at the Electronics Recovery Center for proper disposal instead.

Lithium and rechargeable batteries — like those found inside rechargeable electronics such as laptops and cell phones — have caused numerous fires at our facilities (including this one in June 2023 which was suppressed by our Fire Rover system until the Davenport Fire Department arrived) and around the country. These preventable fires can damage public and private property, harm workers and the environment, and even cause loss of life.

Because of this, the Waste Commission of Scott County urges residents and businesses to drop off lithium and rechargeable batteries at the Electronics Recovery Center, 5650 Carey Ave., Davenport for proper disposal. 

The Electronics Recovery Center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8 to 11:30 a.m. the first Saturday of each month. No appointment is necessary, and there is no charge for residents of Scott and Rock Island Counties. Residents of other counties as well as businesses may drop off batteries for a small fee. Watch what to do when you arrive at our facility!

Alkaline (non-rechargeable) batteries are considered trash and are safe to throw away in household garbage. We know it can be hard to know what type of battery you have, so if you’re unsure, bring them in and our staff can help.

Thank you for stopping the spark by keeping lithium and rechargeable batteries out of your garbage and recycling carts!

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Please note: The Electronics Recovery Center cannot accept batteries with a capacity of 300 or more Watt-hours (Wh). Please contact the manufacturer for proper disposal instructions.