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F.A.Q. Batteries (Auto & Boat)

The MCMUA operates one of NJ's most comprehensive household hazardous waste (HHW) programs. This F.A.Q. page and information on hazardous materials is intended as a guide about HHW materials as well as the MCMUA's HHW program. This information is a general guide and does not constitute official rule, regulation or law.

Hazards

  • Automotive batteries contain sulfuric acid that can burn skin.
     

Handling

  • Handle batteries with acid resistant or leather gloves.
  • Keep sparks and flames away from batteries and don't smoke nearby.
  • Never place metal objects on top of the battery because it can cause sparks. Remove rings, chains, and other metallic items before handling.
  • Keep batteries right side up.
  • Carry in a non-metallic, leak proof container.
  • If battery leaks, neutralize any spilled acid with baking soda or calcium carbonate (lime). Flush area with water.
  • Carry in a non-metallic, leak proof container.
  • If acid comes in contact with skin, flush area with water immediately, and seek medical attention if burning continues.
     

MCMUA's Facility Database

Management Options

  • Do not throw in the trash.
  • Most automotive battery retailers will accept used batteries when purchasing a new one.
  • Take to community recycling center, if available.
  • All asbestos materials must be disposed of in landfills permitted to receive asbestos.
  • Take to service station or repair garage that accepts automotive batteries. Many garages, auto salvage operations, and scrap metal yards will take automotive batteries, provided they are not broken or leaking. Some will pay approximately $1 each. Consult Recycling Services Directory for closest locations.
  • Most household hazardous waste events accept automotive batteries.
     

Morris County municipal recycling depots that accept car and boat (lead-acid) batteries

Business Auto & Boat Battery Drop-off Sites - Also check local auto parts stores to see about acceptability.

  • Statewide Battery Recovery
    73 Hyatt Road
    Branchville, NJ 07826
    973-875-4885
  • Apollo Tire & Automotive Center
    U.S. Highway No. 46 West & Myers Ave.
    Denville, NJ
    973-625-0213
  • Approved Auto Electric Exchange
    433 Route 46 East
    Hackettstown, NJ 07840
    908-850-6665
  • Interstate Battery System of Northern Jersey
    112 East Avenue; Unit 2
    Hackettstown, NJ 07840
    908-852-8030
  • Raritan Metals
    999 Mt. Kemble Avenue
    Harding Township, NJ
    973-425-2000
  • Dornick Service Center, Inc.
    98 Main Street
    Madison, NJ
    973-822-0488
  • Hi-Temp Specialty Metals, Inc.
    34 West Main Street
    Mendham, NJ
    973-543-5640
  • V & V Recycling, Inc.
    Main Road
    Montville, NJ
    973-334-0073
  • Melanga's Automotive
    39 Hamburg Turnpike
    Riverdale, NJ
  • Napa Auto Parts
    15 Newark-Pompton Turnpike
    Riverdale, NJ
  • J. Donofrio Metals Co.
    Gill Avenue
    Rockaway, NJ
    973-625-3737
  • Raimo of Stanhope, Inc.
    U.S. Highway No. 206
    Stanhope, NJ
    973-347-4545
  • Rockaway Recycling
    311 W. Main Street
    Rockaway, NJ
    973-625-9560
  • Interstate Battery System of Northwest Jersey
    1-800-564-6644