Automotive batteries contain the hazardous materials lead and sulfuric acid and should be taken to businesses that sell vehicle batteries for proper management. Rechargeable batteries are considered hazardous household waste (HHW) because they contain toxic metals such as cadmium, lead, lithium and nickel. Click here to view options to manage HHW in York County. Alkaline batteries are not considered household hazardous waste because they do not contain the toxic metals found in rechargeable batteries and therefore can be disposed of in your regular garbage. However, if an alkaline battery is damaged or leaking it should be bagged tightly to prevent chemical burns from the corrosive inner battery cell. Below is a list of York County businesses that accept batteries for recycling. Before delivering any materials to the listed businesses, always call ahead to make sure they are still accepting the material you wish to dispose of and find out if there are any associated fees.