How to dispose of rechargeable batteries
Rechargeable batteries can be found at almost any household. They are used in cellphones, laptops, vehicles, tools or other electronics used in our everyday life. These rechargeable batteries come under different types:
• Nickel-Metal-Hydride Batteries (found in tools, cameras, etc.)
• Nickel-Cadmium Batteries (can be found in two-way radios and phones)
• Lithium-Ion batteries (can be found in vehicles, phones or other electronics)
• Sealed-Lead Acid (SLA) Batteries (can be found in not so commonly used electronics at home, e.g. emergency devices, lightning, security systems, etc.)
Can we dispose of batteries in the trash at home?
The simple answer is NO. No rechargeable battery can be placed in your dumpster, bin or trash at home. In some states it is even illegal since rechargeable batteries contain metals and materials that are hazardous and dangerous for the environment.
Can I recycle rechargeable batteries?
Definitely, YES! They can and should be recycles usually at no cost for you or even better- you get paid for recycling your batteries.
Where can I recycle my batteries?
Usually, offices or home improvement stores are granted drop boxes for recycling batteries from recycling organizations such as Call2Recycle. Simply click here to find the nearest drop off location. You can as well find other recycling centers, drop boxes using Earth911’s Recycling Search or calling your local city council.
Why should I recycle my batteries?
The most important reason for recycling rechargeable batteries is the hazardous materials that are contained within the battery. Some materials are mercury, cadmium, etc. Switching from landfill to recycling them will benefit and is important. These precautions are required in order to make sure the metals don’t leak out in landfills and poison the water you will drink later. Another reason you should consider is that by recycling batteries, valuable material such as lead, and acid can be reused instead of extracting new ones.