National Battery Day is Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, and Iowa City is celebrating the importance of proper and safe battery disposal. 

Why is it important to dispose of batteries the right way at a recycling drop-off location? When a battery ends up in the trash and eventually makes its way to the landfill, heavy equipment that compacts trash can damage the battery. A damaged battery can spark and ignite a fire or release hazardous material into the landfill or environment. 

Prevent battery fires and protect your local environment by properly disposing of your batteries at a local drop-off location. 

Residents of Johnson County and the cities of Kalona and Riverside can recycle single-use (such as alkaline) and rechargeable (such as lithium-ion) batteries at no cost at certain drop-off locations: 

  • Hazardous Material Collection Facility, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, (3900 Hebl Ave. SW, Iowa City) 
  • Iowa City Fire Station #2 West (301 Emerald St, Iowa City)
  • Ace Hardware East (1558 Mall Drive, Iowa City)
  • Ace Hardware North (600 N Dodge St., Iowa City)

Damaged batteries or large batteries (such as lead-acid batteries) should be taken to the Hazardous Material Collection Facility at the Iowa City Landfill, 3900 Hebl Ave. SW, Iowa City.

An appreciative thank you to our partners at the local Ace Hardware stores and the Iowa City Fire Department for helping to reduce battery fires and protect our environment. 

For more information on when and where you can recycle batteries, check out  

Questions? Contact the Recycling Coordinator at or at 319-887-6110.

Date of publication

Monday, February 15, 2021