Do not dispose of batteries in household waste or refuse

Batteries that are disposed of in household waste can cause fires, which annually results in considerable costs for society.

Batteries or electrical and electronic equipment and devices with built-in batteries must not be disposed of in household waste or in source sorted waste or refuse. This must be delivered in stores that sell the same types of product or devices, regardless of brand.

Grocery stores accept the most common batteries, while electronics stores also accept electrical products.

You can also deliver batteries and electrical products and devices at your nearest recycling station. Ask the operator if you are in doubt about where to dispose of the items at the recycling station.

Batteries and electrical / electronic products that must be handed in for recycling

  • Built-in batteries (lithium batteries) in appliances, PCs, tablets, mobiles, electric bicycles, electric scooters, toys, remote controls, blinker shoes and similar.
  • Button cell batteries.
  • Regular and rechargeable household batteries (AA, AAA, 9 V and other batters of a similar nature).

How to store used batteries at home

If you have a sorting container, you can use it for used batteries. You can also collect smaller batteries in a jam jar with a lid. You reduce the risk of the batteries catching fire by taping over the poles of the batteries.

Good battery advice

  • Do not store batteries in a box or drawer where they can short-circuit each other or be short-circuited by other metal objects.
  • Do not subject cells or batteries to mechanical shocks. Do not disassemble, open or tear apart batteries.
  • Do not use chargers other than those intended for use with the equipment. Always follow the instructions for use for the equipment. Pay attention to the plus (+) and minus (-) marks on the battery.
  • Wipe the cell or battery terminals with a clean, dry cloth if they become dirty.
  • Do not leave a battery on long-term charge when not in use.
  • If possible, remove the battery from the equipment when not in use.
  • Do not expose batteries to heat or fire. Avoid storage in direct sunlight.

Additional information is available here:
>> Norwegian Recycling: Batteries should not be disposed of in household waste (video)
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