Scooters Take to Landfill Remove the Battery For electric scooters, remove the battery prior to disposal to avoid causing an explosion or a fire. Scooters typically use lithium-ion batteries, though some use a lead-acid battery (like a car battery) or another type of rechargeable battery. Separate Metal Pieces The metal parts of your scooter can be disposed of with scrap metal. Remove plastic pieces and place them in the garbage. Find out what to do with scrap metal. Ways to Reduce Buy Used or Refurbished Instead of buying new, consider buying a used or refurbished scooter. Some scooter manufacturers sell gently-used scooters that have been repaired or refurbished. Additionally, check out online marketplaces like Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist or OfferUp as well. Ways to Reuse Sell or Donate Your Old Scooter Instead of throwing your old scooter away, try selling or donating it through Nextdoor, Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist or OfferUp. Did You Know? Lithium-Ion Battery Fires on the Rise Since lithium-ion batteries are sensitive to pressure and contact, they can cause truck or facility fires when accidentally thrown in the garbage or curbside recycling. One Brooklyn recycling facility recorded over 100 fires caused by lithium-ion batteries in 2021. Another lithium-ion battery fire burned down a public recycling center in San Carlos, California, causing $6.8 million in damages.