MDS accepts all Class (2) batteries such as, Alkaline, Heavy Duty, Button Cells,  Sealed Lead Acid And Rechargeables

It is important to use caution when combining large amounts of used alkaline batteries. Quite often these used batteries are not completely “dead.” Grouping used batteries together can bring these “live” batteries into contact with one another, creating safety risks.


NOTE: All 9 volt batteries (only) MUST have positive (+) ends taped or protected from coming in contact with each other. Lithium-Ion and rechargeable batteries must be placed in a separate plastic bag.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q) What is the EPA ?   

A) Environmental Protection Agency

Q) Who is the DTSC?

A) Department of Toxic Substances Control

Q) What is a CUPA?

A) Certified United Program Agency, division of fire authority. They will be   inspecting businesses for compliance.

Q) Can I be fined for throwing fluorescent bulbs in the trash?

A) Yes, up to $25,000. beginning Feb. 6th 2006

Q) How do I know if a bulb contains mercury

A) By law all mercury containing bulbs are marked with the symbol (Hg)

Q) What is certificate of compliance?

A) Issued by MDS & EPA Wastewise to indicate participation.

Q) Do green tip bulbs contain mercury? Do they need to be recycled?

A)  Yes, all fluorescent bulbs contain mercury.

Q) What is MDS “ACT” program?


Q) What is a Recycling Certificate?

A) Certifies that lamps were recycled.

Q) What if box is lost or damaged?

A) Contact dealer or customer service for replacement.

Q) What do we do with lamps shorter than 4 foot?

A) Deposit in 4 foot and shorter box.

Q) What is the purpose of the serial number?

A) Provides a method to track the recycle program.

Q) How long can I store the box of spent bulbs?

A) One year

Q) How do I get more information?

A) Go to or call: (714) 505-6100

Battery Types

Alkaline batteries may be used in flashlights, radios, toys, calculators, remote controls, electronic games, portable radios, televisions, and garage door openers.
Lithium non-rechargeable batteries used in cameras, computer memory backup, video equipment, remote controls, and garage door openers.
Carbon zinc non-rechargeable batteries are used in clocks, garage door openers, pagers, smoke detectors, alarms, lighting and lanterns.
Silver oxide non-rechargeable batteries are often used in cameras and invisible fencing.

Safety Notes

Avoid carrying nickel cadmium and/or lithium batteries in your pocket with coins. The battery may cause a spark with the coins and potentially burn your clothes and skin.
Store rechargeable batteries in a non-metal container and keep separate from other batteries and any source of ignition.
Tape the receptor ends of nickel cadmium and lithium batteries with duct or electrical tape for storing and transporting to a recycling drop off.
Never attempt to open sealed lead acid batteries. Store away from children.

Non-rechargeable batteries may contain silver, lithium, zinc, alkaline, and electrolytes. Lithium batteries have the potential to create a spark if stored with other metal objects which could result in an explosion and/or fire.

What Makes Batteries Hazardous?

Alkaline button batteries are used in radios, toys, calculators, electronic games, watches, and electronic thermostats.
Mercuric oxide button batteries are primarily used in hearing aids.
Nickel cadmium button batteries are found in computers and power tools.
Silver oxide button batteries are used in hearing aids, watches, calculators, toys, musical greeting cards, and books.
Lithium button batteries are used in cameras, calculators, computer memory backup, hearing aids, digital thermometers, and smoke detectors.
Zinc air button batteries are used in hearing aids, portable computers, and pagers.

Button batteries may contain silver, lithium, zinc, lead, mercury, nickel, cadmium, and electrolytes. If batteries leak or explode, the chemical substances contained in these batteries can cause burns and/or contaminate the environment.
The heavy metals contained in button batteries may accumulate in aquatic life, animals, and humans