Lithium-ion Battery (LIB) Disposal

Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) are powerful, relatively inexpensive, and lightweight energy sources that power a wide array of electronics and portable tools. LIBs allow our devices to hold a charge for a longer period of time in comparison to previous battery options; however, there are consequences to this technology that unfortunately effect solid waste recycling and disposal. The number of LIBs that will be dumped in our landfills and on transfer station floors will increase exponentially in future years.   

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE)'s current goal is to not only educate solid waste workers on LIB handling and disposal, but also educate the public on the hazards of incorrectly disposing LIBs. Many citizens are unaware of the disposal options that are available to increase safety at solid waste facilities and allow for LIB recycling.

Find a Recycling & Disposal Facility

Contact your local Household Hazardous Waste Facility (PDF) for information on recycling and safe disposal.

  1. Items to Dispose & Recycle
  2. Types of Batteries
  3. Fire Prevention
  4. Safe Storage & Shipping

What can be Disposed & Recycled?

  • wireless headphones 
  • cell phones
  • laptops/tablets 
  • handheld gaming devices 
  • hearing aids
  • Hoverboards
  • e-cigarettes / vape pens
  • portable tools
  • cameras and other devices