Cell Phone & Rechargeable Battery Recycling

The City of Liberty also offers free recycling program for cell phones and rechargeable batteries. Citizens can drop off their old rechargeable batteries and cell phones in collection boxes at:
  • the lobby of City Hall (101 E Kansas Street),
  • the Community Center (1600 S Withers Road) 
  • Fire Station One (200 Mississippi) 
Rechargeable batteries are commonly found in cordless power tools, cellular and cordless phones, laptop computers, digital cameras, 2-way radios, camcorders, and remote control toys.

Acceptable rechargeable batteries include:
  • nickel cadmium (Ni-Cd),
  • nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH),
  • lithium ion (Li-ion) and
  • small sealed lead (Pb).
The program does not recycle lead batteries that weigh more than 2 pounds and car batteries.

All cell phones, regardless of size, make, model, age, and digital or analog phones are accepted. Cell phones must be deactivated prior to placing them into the collection box.

Shipping batteries that have not been properly packaged may cause a battery to short-circuit and lead to a fire or explosion. Anyone taking advantage of this program must ensure they package the batteries or cell phone as described below:

  • To prevent fire and/or explosion all cell phones and rechargeable batteries must be placed in an individual plastic bag (provided next to the collection box). Or, you can tape the exposed battery terminals with non-conductive electrical tape before placing them in the collection box. 

Recycling batteries allows materials to be reclaimed and used in the production of new batteries and other products. It conserves natural resources and prevents rechargeable batteries from entering the solid waste system. Cell phones that are collected are refurbished and resold when possible, with a portion of the proceeds going to charity.