The Muncie Sanitary District’s Recycling Department has purchased 5-gallon 3-feet tall battery recycling towers for MSD and City offices. These towers will be placed in offices and on each floor of City Hall for employees and the public to place old alkaline, lithium, and cell phone batteries into the towers to be recycled through the MSD Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) program. Once collection towers are full, MSD will weigh the batteries collected and keep track of how many batteries are being recycled and kept out of a landfill.
Residents in Muncie can drop off used batteries during regular City Hall hours Monday through Friday from 8a-4p on the 1st Floor near the MSD Sewage Billing Office. Residents can also drop batteries off at East Central Recycling at 701 E Centennial Avenue Monday-Friday 8a-5p and Saturday, 8a-Noon.
Battery Recycling Facts:
- On average, each person in the United States discards eight dry-cell batteries per year.
- Batteries contain heavy metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, and nickel, which can contaminate the environment when batteries are improperly disposed of.
- One way to reduce the number of batteries in the waste stream is to purchase rechargeable batteries. Nearly one in five dry-cell batteries purchased in the United States is rechargeable. Over its useful life, each rechargeable battery may substitute for hundreds of single-use batteries.
Local Fun Facts: 2020 MSD Household Hazardous Waste Program Collection Numbers
*Battery Recycling Available to Muncie and Delaware County Residents
- Lithium Batteries-140 pounds
- Alkaline Batteries-2,640 pounds
- Nickel Cadmium Batteries-1,062 pounds
- Lead Acid Batteries–329 pounds