Battery Care and Disposal
To find out how to get the best performance out of your Duracell batteries, as well as how to properly recycle or dispose of them when they've been depleted, follow the easy battery care and disposal tips below.
Tips for proper battery care and use
    • Use the correct size and type of battery specified by the manufacturer of your device.
    • Keep battery contact surfaces and battery compartment contacts clean by rubbing them with a clean pencil eraser or a rough cloth each time you replace batteries.
    • Remove batteries from a device when it is not expected to be in use for several months.
    • Remove batteries from equipment while it is being powered by household (AC) current.
    • Make sure that you insert batteries into your device properly, with the + (plus) and – (minus) terminals aligned correctly. CAUTION: Some equipment using more than three batteries may appear to work properly even if one battery is inserted incorrectly.
    • Store batteries in a dry place at normal room temperature. Do not refrigerate Duracell batteries; this will not make them last longer.
    • Extreme temperatures reduce battery performance. Avoid putting battery-powered devices in very warm places.
    • Do not attempt to recharge a battery unless the battery specifically is marked “rechargeable.”
    • Some dead batteries and batteries that are exposed to extremely high temperatures may leak. A crystalline structure may begin to form on the outside of the battery.
Disposing of general-purpose & alkaline batteries
  • Alkaline batteries can be safely disposed of with normal household waste. Never dispose of batteries in fire because they could explode.

    Due to concerns about mercury in the municipal solid waste stream, we have voluntarily eliminated all of the added mercury from our alkaline batteries since 1993, while maintaining the performance you demand. Our alkaline batteries are composed primarily of common metals—steel, zinc, and manganese—and do not pose a health or environmental risk during normal use or disposal.

    It is important not to dispose of large numbers of alkaline batteries in a group. Used batteries are often not completely dead. Grouping used batteries together can bring these live batteries into contact with one another, creating safety risks.

    Proven cost-effective and environmentally safe recycling processes are not yet universally available for alkaline batteries. Some communities offer recycling or collection of alkaline batteries—contact your local government for disposal practices in your area.

Recycling batteries with other chemistries
  • Due to the chemicals in them, you should recycle rechargeable, lithium, lithium ion, and zinc air batteries.

    In addition to “traditional” rechargeable batteries like AAs or AAAs, rechargeable batteries like the ones found in everyday household items such as cameras, cell phones, laptops, and power tools should also be recycled. Look for the battery recycling seals on rechargeable batteries.

    Car batteries containing lead should be brought only to waste-management centers, where they can eventually be recycled. Because of the value of battery materials, many auto retailers and service centers will buy back your used car batteries for recycling.

    As part of our commitment to the preservation of the environment, we help fund the nonprofit Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) and its Call2Recycle® program. To find a rechargeable battery recycling location near you, visit www.call2recycle.org

    Some retailers often collect batteries and electronics for recycling.

Duracell battery guarantee
  • Guarantee: If not completely satisfied with your Duracell battery product, call 1-800-551-2355 (9:00AM – 5:00PM EST). Duracell guarantees its batteries against defects in materials and workmanship. Should any device be damaged due to a battery defect, we will repair or replace it at our option. Leaking battery and damaged device must be provided as proof of claim. Duracell may deny claims of damage caused by misuse or modification of the batteries or device.

    We encourage you to recycle packaging as well.

    As part of our commitment to preserve the environment, we use only nontoxic inks in our packaging and the card portion of our package is made from 55% recycled material. The plastic portion is made with 30% recycled plastic. The battery “can” is made with 40% recycled steel to reduce environmental impact while still maintaining strength.



Packaging Disposal
  • If you're not completely satisfied with a Duracell product, contact us.

    All of our batteries are guaranteed against defects in material and workmanship. Should any device be damaged by these batteries due to such defects, we will either repair or replace the device is sent with the batteries. Send with postage prepaid to:

    Duracell
    Berkshire Corporate Park
    Bethel, CT, 06801 
    Att: Consumer Dept.