Batteries & Hazardous Waste

Batteries


Some batteries contain heavy metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, and nickel; therefore, many communities do not allow them to be thrown away with your regular trash. Recycling is always the best option for disposing of used batteries.
Lead-Acid Car Batteries can be returned to almost any store that sells car batteries. The lead and plastics from the batteries can then be recycled and used to manufacture new products. About 99% of lead-acid car batteries are recycled.

Recycle Location

Batteries Plus Bulbs
1545 Nashville Pike
Phone: 615-461-8065

Type of Batteries
  • Lead acid (Pb) Batteries - Cars, Trucks and Emergency Lighting
  • Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) Batteries - Cordless phones, Tools and Two Way Radios
  • Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) Batteries - Camcorders, Cameras and Bar Code Scanners
  • Lithium Ion (Li Ion) and Lithium Polymer (Li Poly) - Cell phones and Laptops
  • Light bulbs containing mercury (fluorescent, flood lamps, incandescent, halogen, cold cathode, mercury vapor, ballasts)

Computers


Computers contain a variety of recyclable material, including plastic, metal, and glass. In fact, nearly 100% of a computer is capable of being recycled. Certain retailers and manufacturers offer electronics recycling programs.

Household Hazardous Waste


Leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients are considered to be household hazardous waste (HHW). Products such as paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, and pesticides that contain potentially hazardous ingredients require special care when you dispose of them. HHW may be dangerous to people or bad for the environment if poured down the drain, dumped on the ground, or thrown out with regular trash.

Sumner County Resource Authority event once a year in the Fall. A hazardous waste drop-off site is held each year in the fall at a date and place determined by state authorities. Call the Resource Authority for more information at 615-452-1114.

Used Oil


Never dump your used motor oil down the drain - the used oil from one oil change can contaminate one million gallons of fresh water. Recycling used oil also helps reduce American dependence on foreign oil. It takes 42 gallons of crude oil, but only one gallon of used oil, to produce 2.5 quarts of new motor oil.

Locations to Recycle Oil


  • Advance Auto Parts
    160 W Broadway
    Phone: 615-230-9896
  • Auto Zone
    110 E Broadway
    Phone: 615-452-2200
  • Carquest
    130 N Locust Avenue
    Phone: 615-452-2240
  • O'Reilly
    1209 S Water Avenue
    Phone: 615-452-4925