If it lights up, makes noise or moves without a plug, it has a battery! Batteries make our daily lives more convenient. Once they are used, though, they must be disposed of properly.

If thrown in the trash or recycling, batteries can catch fire and pose a threat to people and property. Some batteries also contain toxic metals, such as cadmium, lead or mercury, which can pose a threat to health and the environment.

Be a battery hero!

Put batteries in their place by taking them to a drop-off facility.


The Be a Battery Hero Campaign is a project of Hennepin, Ramsey and Washington counties. Please share campaign messaging with the communities you work with. You can download campaign assets below. Materials available in multiple languages.