mom, dad and daughter recycling batteries

Be battery safe

Whether it’s learning how to properly store used household batteries, or being able to identify if batteries are damaged and how to dispose of them, Recycle Your Batteries, Canada! is here to make sure you can do it all safely.

Battery best practices

Group of old used batteries for recycling in different size. Selective focus.
  • Never store new and used batteries together
  • Store batteries in a cool, dry place
  • Keep batteries out of reach of young children
  • Protect the terminals when storing used batteries for recycling.
daughter and mom dropping off batteries

Remember: Drop off regularly!

Used batteries should be dropped off every 3 months

bloated lithium ion battery

What are damaged, defective, or recalled batteries (DDR)?

Damaged, defective, and recalled batteries (DDR) are batteries that may be swollen, corroded, leaking, or showing burn marks. If you notice signs of damage or irregularity, like corrosion, swelling, overheating and/or burn marks, follow the steps below as these batteries can be hazardous and should be handled carefully.

Swollen laptop battery in a hand

How to handle damaged, defective or recalled batteries (DDR)


Step 1: Check battery chemistry

If you encounter damaged batteries, the first thing to do is check the battery chemistry.

Most battery chemistries can still be recycled safely through the Recycle Your Batteries, Canada! regular collection program. However, lithium metal (button cells) or lithium-ion batteries require special handling, care, and disposal.

Step 2: Select battery type