Most batteries made before 1980 contain mercury. Since 1994, alkaline batteries (AAA, AA, C, D and 9 volt) have been manufactured mercury-free, thus can be disposed of in the trash. However, button batteries used in cameras, watches, hearing aids and other products may contain mercury and should not be thrown into the trash. Rechargeable batteries (NiCad and Lithium) may not contain mercury but do contain other significantly toxic components and should be only disposed of at proper drop-off sites.

Mercury in Products

Many common household products contain mercury. Click on the images below to find out more about each one. And if you have one of these items, please don't toss them into the trash! Please dispose of them properly at a drop-off location or as instructed by your municipality.