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Are you wondering about recycling used batteries? So many games and toys nowadays require batteries to operate. They move, buzz, flash and speak which can be loads of fun but generally means there is a battery inside. Eventually, the battery will need to be replaced and that will leave you with batteries that need to be disposed of. So, what do you do with old batteries?
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Recycling Used Batteries
One way to avoid recycling batteries as frequently is to use rechargeable batteries. The plus side is that there is less waste going to the landfill. The minus side is that you need to wait until they are recharged in between uses or buy extras. If you use traditional alkaline batteries, you will need to recycle them when they stop working. Yes, it’s legal in most states to simply throw them away since they contain far less mercury than in the past. But, it’s still better for the environment to recycle them. Remember, lithium and silver-zinc batteries should still be recycled.
Hazardous Waste Sites
Check with your local community for a hazardous waste site that will accept batteries. You can hold onto them in a battery bin until you have several to make this a bit easier. You can also find free battery recycling at places like Best Buy and Home Depot. Check the stores in your area.
Recycle by Mail
If it’s not convenient for you to take your batteries to a hazardous waste center or your local recycling center, you can send them in the mail to the Big Green Box to be recycled that way.
Battery Recycling Resources
Make sure that your kids know the importance of recycling batteries rather than tossing them in the trash. There are a number of fun resources available to help including a battery coloring sheet and poster. You can also speak to your child’s school about putting a battery recycling program in place for the community. Check out this fun animated video to help explain the process.
Facts about Batteries
- Did you know that the very first battery was created by Alessandro Volta in 1798?
- The EPA estimates Americans purchase nearly 3 billion batteries each year. Wow!
- You can make your own battery using a potato (really!)
- A battery is also known as a voltaic cell.
- The battery uses chemistry to create a continual flow of electricity.
- Metals reclaimed from recycled alkaline batteries are used as rebar for concrete work in bridges.