It is illegal in New York State to discard a car battery in the garbage or on the street.
Return automotive batteries to any service station or auto supply store that sells them. When you buy a new battery, you pay a $5 surcharge. If you return your “dead” battery when you purchase a new one, you avoid the surcharge.
If a service station refuses to accept your auto batteries contact the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation or call 1-800-TIPP DEC (1-800-847-7332).
Pay a little more for longer-life lead-acid batteries to reduce the frequency of battery replacement.