DIY Canister for Recycling Batteries

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 DIY Canister for Recycling Batteries




I don’t know about you but here in my home we sure use A LOT of batteries. Between my husband, daughter and the children I babysit it seems that a weekdoes not go by that I don’t have to add AA’s or AAA’s to my grocery list. I also know that it is soon going to get worse with the new baby and all of her toys and gadgets.


Batteries for family fun

Batteries for family fun

Recently while I was shopping at Walmart I came across a new battery made by Energizer® that caught my eye. They are called Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ batteries and they are the first battery to be made from recycled battery materials. I think this idea is ingenious and it’s so fun to see that all of our battery recycling efforts over the years have not been in vain. Energizer® says that It’s another step in our journey to bring performance and responsibility to the world. By 2025, our goal is to increase the amount of recycled battery material ten-fold to forty percent. That is wonderful!

Batteries for older kids toys AND

Batteries for older kids toys AND

Batteries in the Baby Toys

Batteries in the Baby Toys

I am so impressed with these New Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ Batteries. You can purchase them in AAA or AA’s and they are Energizers longest lasting alkaline batteries ever! They are the world’s first battery on the market that uses recycled material to help supply you with guilt free energy. Plus they will last for up to 12 years on storage!

Batteries to play games and entertain guests

Batteries to play games and entertain guests

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Batteries to help capture family memories.

Batteries to help capture family memories.

Want to get in on the recycling action? For years my family has focused on recycling everything that we can. In fact we have a battery recycling can sitting on our dinning room counter top. It makes it easy for the kids to put their used batteries in the can and when the can is full we recycle them! Would you like a Battery Recycling Can of your own? I’d be happy to show you mine!


What You Will Need:

11 oz Coffee Can or can with a lid

Spray paint color of your choice – I used off white

Magic Marker (color of your choice) – I used a black and light blue

Stencils (optional)





1. Empty and wash coffee can. Let dry.

2. Set up a safe place to paint canister.

3. Spray can carefully with one light coat of paint. Wait about 20-30 minutes between coats. I did three coats to fully cover can.

4. Let dry at least 2 hours.

5. Write “Used Batteries” or any other phrase you would like. I also drew a recycle symbol on mine. Feel free to use a stencil if you like or even print a label if that is easier.

6. Place all your used batteries inside can and when they are used you can just take the can down to recycle them!

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Do you make it a point to purchase items made from recycled materials? Why or why not?



  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says:

    This is a great idea. I am always losing my batteries in my junk drawer.

  2. Yes! With a family of four we go through way too many batteries. It’s nice to re-use them or recycle them. It helps make the world a better place.

  3. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    I’m all for recycling whatever can be recycled, including batteries. Great idea.

  4. Great idea! My kids never know what to do with the used batteries.

  5. What a cute idea! We always just toss them in the trash ( I know.. bad girl!) but this looks super cute and we could just store it under the sink. Thanks for the idea!

  6. I’m so making one of these. This is so awesome.

  7. This is a great idea to not get batteries mixed up . I usually use nail polish to make a small mark on the used ones. This DIY is cute and resourceful. I’ve only used Energizer batteries a few times and they are ‘so so”

  8. That is such a great idea! My guys are gamers and so we go through tons of batteries! I’m going to have to make one of these and put it next to their gaming system.

  9. What a great idea! I guess we do actually go through a lot of batteries. I need to try those new Energizer ones.

  10. I just showed this to my spouse and we are going to use a canister like this in the future.

  11. That canister is a fantastic idea. I’m thinking I should make one for our printer ink cartridges, too!

  12. I saw these batteries at the store and I’m going to give these a try. I like the idea of recycling batteries.

  13. That is a smart idea. And the recycle picture on it (that’s what I would choose too) is perfect for a visual reminder too.

  14. Yep, I really need a container to hold all our used batteries. We end up sticking them all over the place and then I never know what is new and what is dead. #client

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