Did you know that the average individual put about 8 single batteries into the trash in a year?
Batteries don’t belong in the landfill. Whether they’re single use alkaline (AA, AAA, C, D), lithium, button style or rechargeable batteries, there is a safe place for each of these and it isn’t your household trash. Even though many manufacturers of single use batteries say they should simply be tossed when worn out (which isn’t true) all batteries need to be handled with care. Some are at the very least caustic while others contain heavy metals and other toxic stuff. All can be recycled to varying degrees so it’s important to help them get into their proper recycling stream.
Many battery manufacturers offer a battery collection program. If this is not feasible, many retailers now have drop off boxes in their facilities for your battery recycling needs. These collection sites usually can take everything, rechargeable batteries, single use alkaline batteries, cell phones, CD Players, MP3 Players, CDs, Portable DVD Players. This site may be part of the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation collection program. The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation collection program (established by battery manufacturers) operates a free rechargeable battery and cell phone collection program. Along with the common household rechargeable batteries you can drop off worn out rechargeable batteries from power tools, digital cameras, cellular and cordless phones, laptops, MP3 players and any other rechargeable that won’t hold a charge any longer.
Visit their website http://www.call2recycle.org/ for a complete listing of local drop off locations. Now that you know how to dispose of batteries safely, you might want to consider changing your battery habits. A great place to start is to reduce your use of disposable batteries from your life (except for your smoke detectors) and switch to rechargeable batteries wherever possible. A standard rechargeable battery can replace up to 300 single use batteries.
And one more tip, before you buy something that is battery operated consider other options. Think about it…do you really need a battery powered toothbrush?