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Don’t Throw Batteries Away! Make a DIY Battery Recycling Container

Are you an eco-conscious family? I’m excited to be teaming up with my sponsor to share a fun idea for recycling batteries in your home! This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BringingInnovation #CollectiveBias

For many years we’ve taken our alkaline batteries from our electronic devices and kids toys and chucked them into the garbage, not realizing that doing that is bad. In California there is even a law requiring households to recycle their batteries. Even if you don’t live in California, I’m sure you’re a family household that uses a lot of batteries, so here’s a fun DIY battery recycling container craft tutorial to help you avoid adding to the landfills and instead recycle!

Don't just throw your used batteries in the garbage - recycle them! Create this battery recycling container to collect your used batteries and turn them in to be recycled and reused!

Create this Battery Recycling Container for your home

First, let’s look at being eco-conscious and reusing something I had laying around, a wipes container. I knew I wanted to create an easy to open container, as well as mimic the look of a battery, so the wipes canister was a perfect fit. I removed the paper wrap and used some goo gone to take off the glue along the wrapper seam.


Next up was to make it look pretty! I didn’t want to buy new supplies, since this whole project was about reusing, so found some leftover silver and glitter green spray paint to cover the container. I just love how they helped make the container look like an eco battery!


Once the canister and lid were dry, I had to measure them to create my vinyl lettering. I used my Cricut electronic cutting machine to design the lettering and cut it out on some black vinyl.


Next I used some transfer paper to keep the vinyl letters lined up, so I could easily transfer them onto the canister.


And, voila, a fun new spot to collect our household batteries for recycling!

Create this DIY battery recycle container and keep batteries out of the garbage!

Create this DIY battery recycle container and keep batteries out of the garbage!

While recycling is just one way to help the environment, so is reducing how much product you use. Batteries are something that many families go through a lot of, replacing them continuously in your kids’ toys and home electronics. I know working at home I often replace AA batteries in my wireless mouse and keyboard. By choosing long-lasting batteries you can help the environment by reducing the amount of waste that gets created. Energizer® has come out with a brand new, revolutionary battery that helps the environment in two major ways.

First, the Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ AA and AAA batteries are their highest performing, most responsible alkaline batteries; so by using longer lasting and reliable batteries, consumers use fewer batteries, create less waste and have less impact on the planet. Next is some of the most exciting news in my opinion, Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ is the first battery on the market to use recycled batteries/materials and is the world’s first AA battery made with 4% recycled batteries. Their next goal in the journey to bring performance and responsibility to the world is to increase the amount of recycled battery material ten-fold to forty percent by 2025. You can find these revolutionary batteries at most retailers, I picked mine up in the electronics department at Target.


Are you ready to do your part to help our planet? Step one, buy long-lasting batteries so you consume less and create less waste. Step two, stop throwing your batteries in the garbage and instead find your local recycling station to allow them to get new life again! This fun DIY Battery Recycle Container is the perfect way to help teach your kids that they too can help our planet. Just think of how far along battery recycling will be when they’re changing out those baby toy batteries!

Do you have a favorite recycling tip? Comment below and share!

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Friday 28th of July 2017

Great post. I am thinking of implementing a battery recycling program in my office. This will help me with making the containers.


Friday 28th of July 2017

Great! I think it's all of our responsibility to help spread the awareness that you shouldn't just dump them in the trash!

Carolyn West

Thursday 8th of October 2015

Great idea to have a special container to collect used up batteries. I need to do that because it's hard to keep track of all the used batteries we have around the house. #client


Thursday 8th of October 2015

Thanks Carolyn! It's definitely been useful for our family.