Batteries, Bulbs & Sharps

Batteries, Bulbs & Sharps

The Agency accepts batteries, fluorescent bulbs and medical sharps for no charge from Linn County residents.  These items are only accepted at 1954 County Home Road, Marion, Iowa.

Alkaline Batteries

  • Alkaline batteries not accepted for recycling and may be disposed of in regular trash
  • This includes the commonly used AA, AAA, C, D, and 9-volt batteries

Lithium and Rechargeable Batteries

  • Lithium batteries should never be discarded in the trash
    • Lithium batteries pose a serious fire threat to the landfill
  • Other rechargeable batteries should also be recycled
    • NiCd, NiMh, and lead acid are examples of types rechargeable batteries
  • Residents may drop off these types of batteries for recycling at 1954 County Home Road, Marion, Iowa

Fluorescent Bulbs

  • Tube-style or compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs are accepted at 1954 County Home Road, Marion, Iowa
  • No charge for Linn County residents
  • $1.00 per bulb for businesses; large quantity loads must call first: (319) 377-5290


Be careful handling compact fluorescent light bulbs.  These bulbs contain mercury which is hazardous to the environment and human health. Click HERE for tips from the EPA on how to clean up after an accidental break.

Fluorescent Bulbs Recycling

Medical Sharps

  • Accepted only in a sealed, rigid hard plastic container with a lid
    • Liquid laundry detergent  or sharps approved containers
    • Milk jugs are not acceptable containers for sharps drop-off
  • Agency employees are not permitted to handle sharps
  • Home health care providers are considered business customers and cannot use the sharps service


Medical Sharps are Accepted at the Cedar Rapids Linn County Solid Waste Agency