Car Batteries Alternative ways to recycle Illegal in Garbage & Drains Hazardous Waste Never Throw Away Car batteries from non-electric vehicles are lead-acid batteries that are illegal to throw in the trash. They can leach harmful chemicals into the water and soil, which would contaminate drinking water sources. Car Batteries Are Scrap Metal Used car batteries can be recycled as scrap metal at a scrapyard that pays for them. Alternative Ways to Recycle Return to the Store When it’s time to buy a new car battery, bring the old one to the retailer or dealership. Certified service shops collect them and then ship out massive quantities of old batteries to be recycled. Firestone Battery Recycling Program Firestone sells tires along with other auto products and services. They run a free battery recycling program that accepts drop-offs. Find a store. Recycle With AutoZone AutoZone is the second largest retailer of aftermarket car parts. They accept old car batteries at their store locations. Find a store. Recycle With Sears Auto Center If you plan to purchase a battery from Sears Auto Center, they will accept DieHard® and Plus Start Batteries for recycling. Find a store. Did You Know?