Reduce - Reuse - Recycle
There is no special funding source for battery cleanups. Citizens are encouraged to trade in their old battery when they buy a new one. A system is in place for battery retailers to properly recycle old batteries. Citizens are also encouraged to take their old batteries to a recycling center, some recyclers pay for old batteries.
- Ground water contamination - The removal of old vehicle batteries eliminates the potential for lead and acid leaching to ground water which could cause contamination problems.
- Child safety - Leaking or damaged batteries pose hazards, such as acid burns or lead exposure to children.
- Corrosion and property damage - Leaking batteries can cause corrosion and property damage due to the reaction of acid with items nearby.
- Explosion danger - Hydrogen gas is given off by batteries. If several batteries are enclosed in a small, poorly ventilated building, an explosive environment could exist.
The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources does not endorse or otherwise support any of the companies listed below. Rather, this list is provided as a service to the public.
It is your responsibility to ensure that the company you select is operating in a proper and legal manner. Keep in mind that you have the option of hiring a company that is not listed on this page.
Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation
In addition to viewing this list, you may be able to find a local recycler by accessing the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation, (RBRC) web site. The RBRC has a searchable database of local business that accept batteries.
Rechargable Battery Recycling Corporation
1000 Parkwood Circle
Atlanta, GA 30339
Phone: (678) 419-9990
FAX: (678) 419-9986
If you have questions about any company offering recycling services, contact Nick Emme by e-mail or by calling (605) 773-3153.