Recycling Golf Cart Batteries

If you’ve recently purchased new batteries for your golf cart, fork lift, floor scrubber, or other industrial machine be sure to do yourself and our wonderful Earth a favor and recycle your old ones.

Here’s the proper way to do that.   

Do NOT toss them into your trash bin with the rest of your garbage, NOR should you include them in with your standard recyclables such as glass or cardboard. Lead-acid batteries are banned from landfills and incinerators in every state because they are toxic. 

Golf cart batteries contain lead and acid, whose properties are hazardous to both the Earth and people when not properly disposed of. The acid can cause serious burns or injury to people and animals as well as damage your property.

Battery acid can even eat through concrete surfaces. Lead poison can lead to numerous health issues such as nausea, abdominal pain, reduced cognitive abilities and more.

Recycling Your Used Golf Cart Batteries is Also Great For the Environment:

  • Recycling old batteries reduces the risk of soil and water contamination. 
  • 97% of Lead in old batteries is recycled into other battery parts and lead plates. 
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that up to 80% of the plastic and lead in any new battery you purchase is recycled.
  • Lead acid battery recycling is an indefinite process, meaning that the materials can be recycled over and over again.

To learn more and watch how batteries are recycled, visit Battery Council International’s video on this page:

Dispose of your old batteries in a timely manner. If you leave your old batteries lying around for an extended period of time, the lead within the batteries can become toxic. The acid in the batteries contain hazardous corrosive powers that can contaminate and poison soil and water. 

HOW TO Properly Dispose of Your Old Cart or Lift Batteries

  1. Remove the battery/batteries from your cart or machine.
  2. Check each battery to make sure it is not leaking. A solution of water and baking soda will work to neutralize any leakage that has already occurred on your property.
  3. Transfer the component to a leak-proof container, and make sure you keep it upright so the acid cannot leak out. Boxes made of plastic or fiberglass are best and are generally sold at auto parts retailers.
    NOTE: If you have more than one battery to recycle, separate each part with a piece of wood so the post terminals do not meet.
  4. Drop them off at a proper recycling facility or schedule a pick up.

WHERE TO Properly Dispose of Your Old Golf Cart Batteries

You have a few options when recycling old cart or lift batteries, and you may even qualify for some cash for your recyclable items depending on the recycling program offered.  

Option 1. Find a Local Battery Drop-Off Location Online

Here are two online options that can help you find a drop-off location that will accept your old batteries. Both of these allow for a local search through a zip code filter.


Option 2. Take Your Battery to a Local Auto Parts Store or Hazardous Waste Facility

Many places that sell car supplies, such as Napa Auto Parts, Autozone and Firestore Complete Auto Care offer recycling programs. 

Household hazardous waste facilities should also accept lead-acid batteries for recycling. Call ahead to find out when your local hazardous waste center is open and if it has any fees.

Option 3. Schedule a Pick Up

If you’d like to schedule a pickup, Battery Recyclers of America has a quote form to help you start that process:

Regardless of where you choose to recycle your old batteries, recycling is good for your community, the environment, and your health and the health of those you love. Plus, there are many organizations that help make recycling efficient, quick and rewarding.