It’s important to recycle batteries and with this DIY recycled batteries container made using a Cricut you can keep them organized and ready to be recycled.
Most batteries should be recycled as they contain toxic chemicals like cadmium, lead, lithium, or sulfuric acid. If these batteries end up in the landfill those chemicals can leak out into the environment. They can even contaminate ground water and end up in our food chain.
Batteries that aren’t disposed of properly can also short circuit, overheat, and case a fire! It’s even illegal to put them in the trash in many cases.
The answer is to recycle your batteries. There are many locations where you can recycle batteries so you should be able to find one near you. You can also call your city to see if they have options for battery recycling.
You don’t likely want to take batteries to be recycled every single time you have one so it’s a good idea to have a place to store them until you are ready to recycle several batteries at once.
Any easy option is to create a cute container to store them in. Using a disinfectant or cleaning wipe container, like the ones from Seventh Generation, Lysol, or Clorax are good options. Just make sure you clean the container out every well and dry it before use.
You can use the container as is, add a simple label to it, or follow the directions below to make a vinyl decal for your container using a Cricut or Silhouette.
When you use up a battery place it in your recycle batteries container and once it’s full take it to a battery recycling drop-off. Then just start the whole process over again.
If you want to have fewer batteries to recycle be sure to consider using rechargeable batteries. While they won’t last forever and also will end up needing to be recycled, they will last far longer than disposable batteries and create less waste.
Cricut Recycled Batteries SVG
Want to use your Cricut or Silhouette to create this recycle batteries container? Fill out the form below to get the SVG file sent to you right away so you can make your very own container.
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Cricut Recycled Batteries Container
Don't throw your batteries in the trash recycle your batteries and keep them in one place with this container.
- Empty Lysol/Clorox wipes type container
- Cricut Machine
- Recycled Batteries SVG (provided in post)
- Vinyl (color of choice, we chose black)
- Transfer Tape
- Cricut Scraper or Credit/Debit Card
- Insert SVG into Cricut Design Space and cut out your decal.
- Weed your decal and apply transfer tape making it ready to apply to your project.
- Remove the label from around the Lysol/Clorox container. (Be sure the container is washed and dried as well)
- Add decal to your clean Lysol/Clorox container and apply pressure over transfer tape with your scraper or card.
- Once you are confident that your vinyl decal has adhered itself to your container, carefully lift up the transfer tape to reveal your vinyl project.
If you are left with globs of sticky glue after removing the label from your Lysol/Clorox container, I find that running the container under hot water helps remove a lot of the glue. I’ve also used a tiny bit of olive oil to remove sticky residue and found it works great.
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