Batteries and Cell Phones

Which Household Batteries Should Be Recycled:

Industry changes have significantly reduced the presence of heavy metals in alkaline batteries and as a result, alkaline batteries can now be safely disposed of in your household garbage.  Alkaline batteries include AAA’s, AA’s, C’s, D’s, 9-volts, etc.  Some rechargeable batteries still contain potentially hazardous materials and should be recycled.

The following rechargeable batteries should be recycled:
– Nickel Cadmium- Ni-Cd
– Nickel Metal Hydride- NiMH
– Lithium Ion- Li-ion
– Small Sealed Lead- Pb (weighing less than 2 lbs./1kg.)

Most of these batteries come from items we use every day such as cellular and cordless phones, laptop computers, camcorders and cordless power tools.

Where Residents Can Recycle Rechargeable Batteries and Cell Phones:

Rechargeable batteries and cell phones can be recycled through “Call2Recycle”.  Call2Recycle is a non-profit organization that focuses on collecting rechargeable batteries and managing them in an environmentally safe manner. There are a number of retailers in York County that work with Call2Recycle to collect rechargeable batteries and cell phones in their stores at no cost to you.

Call2Recycle recommends that you remove the personal information on your phone before recycling it, although it is not required.  In the recycling process, the memory on the phones is destroyed and reusable materials are recycled before they are resold.  If you want to remove the information from your phone, you can consult your cellphone user manual, manufacturer’s web site or contact one of their processors to learn how to erase your data.

Before delivering batteries and cell phones, please call the listed business to verify their continued participation.   If you have any additions, deletions or corrections for this list, please contact us by clicking here.

Battery Warehouse:  1201 Broadway (Rt. 194 N.), Hanover, PA 17331 / 717-633-5149

Home Depot:  400 Eisenhower Dr., Hanover, PA 17331 / 717-646-0140

Lowes:  310 Eisenhower Dr., Hanover, PA 17331 / 717 630-8700

Sears:  1155 Carlisle St., Ste. 5, Hanover, PA 17331 / 717-630-4300

Staples:  440 Eisenhower Dr., Hanover, PA 17331 / 717-630-9811

Target:  31 Wilson Ave., Hanover, PA 17331  / 717-634-3140

TCC, Verizon Premium Wireless Retailer:  189 Eisenhower Dr., Hanover, PA 17331 / 717-630-0013

New Freedom
Home Depot:  960 Far Hills Dr., New Freedom, PA 17349 / 717-227-1040

Red Lion
RadioShack:  3167 Cape Horn Rd., Red Lion, PA 17356 / 717-244-7087

RadioShack:  558 Shrewsbury Commons Ave., Shrewsbury, PA 17361 / 717-235-7563

Shrewsbury True Value Hardware:  836 E. Forrest Ave., Shrewsbury, PA 17361 / 717-235-6700

AT&T:  2095 Springwood Rd., York, PA 17403 / 717-845-8520

AT&T:  2899 Whiteford Rd., York, PA 17402 / 717-840-0393

Batteries Plus:  984 Loucks Rd., York, PA 17404 / 717-718-3547

Battery Associates, Inc.:  2101 Industrial Hwy., York, PA 17402 / 717-600-0060

Battery Warehouse:  1519 Mt. Rose Ave., York, PA 17403 / 717-846-5925

Best Buy:  2865 Concord Rd., York, PA 17402 / 717-840-4530

DeWalt Factory Service Center:  2201 Industrial Hwy., York, PA 17402 / 717-755-3441

Dohm TV:  1960 Carlisle Rd., York, PA 17408 / 717-767-4321

Home Depot:  2905 E. Market St., York, PA 17402 / 717-757-0440

Lowes:  1175 Carlisle Rd., York, PA 17404 / 717-676-4050

Lowes:  2449 E. Market St., York, PA 17402 / 717-757-4802

MTO Battery:  4409 East Prospect Rd., Bldg 4, York, PA 17406 / 717-751-2705

RadioShack:  351 Loucks Rd., York, PA 17404 / 717-848-6283

Staples:  2915 Concord Rd., York, PA 17402 / 717-755-1753

Staples:  965 Loucks Rd., York, PA 17404 / 717-852-8454

Target:  2610 Pleasant Valley Rd., York, PA 17402 / 717-755-2759

Target:  2251 York Crossing Dr., York, PA 17408 / 717-764-9661

Verizon Wireless Premium Retailer:  2196 White St., York, PA 17404 / 717-793-2045

Rechargeable batteries may also be brought to the York County Solid Waste Authority’s FREE Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program, which is conducted every May on the first Saturday of the month from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Click here for more information:

Household Hazardous Products

Old cell phones (any brand) may also be donated to “Hope Line”, a program sponsored by Verizon. Hope Line provides cell phones for domestic violence prevention programs. Take your old cell phone, battery, charger and any accessories you wish to donate to any Verizon retail store and donate it for free.

How Businesses Can Recycle Rechargeable Batteries and Cell Phones:

Businesses can recycle their rechargeable batteries by becoming a partner with Call2Recycle.  Businesses can get specific information about how to partner with Call2Recycle by contacting them directly.  Go to for more information.

Recycling Car Batteries:

Used car batteries can still be taken to any retail outlet that sells car batteries.  Under Act 101, Pennsylvania’s Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act of 1988, retail outlets that sell car batteries must accept used car batteries at no cost.