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Let’s Get Hazardous.
Each month this year we’re dedicating one blog post to hazardous waste, and this month we’re focusing on Batteries. Manufactured by the billion with 180,000 tons disposed of incorrectly every day in the U.S., these tiny power sources are actually draining our environment!
What Happens to Batteries in a Landfill
Batteries are made with a variety of toxic chemicals, including acid, lead, mercury, lithium, nickel, cadmium, alkaline, and more. When we dispose of them incorrectly, the casings eventually break and leak these toxins into the soil and water. Beyond the pollution, this hazardous waste also poses a threat to any nearby wildlife.
What Kinds of Batteries are Recyclable
Different kinds of batteries must be disposed of in different ways. We’ve done the research so you don’t have to!
- A, AA, C, D: Dry-Cell household batteries like these are manufactured without mercury and lead these days. Not Considered Hazardous, these types of battery are also not recyclable. Toss them into the regular trash, but moving forward, try to avoid products which require single-use batteries.
- NiCd Nickel-Cadmium: Rechargeable batteries such as these are considered hazardous to the environment, and it is imperative that you dispose of them appropriately. These types of batteries are recyclable and accepted at many locations. Check Earth911 to find a location near you, or simply refer to your city’s website to find disposal sites near you.
- NiMH Lithium Ion: Although not considered hazardous to the environment, these batteries are recyclable. Check Earth911 or your city’s website to find a receptacle.
- Button Cell: These batteries are commonly used for hearing aids, watches, and toys. Containing mercury, these are considered hazardous and are also recyclable!
- Lead Acid: Batteries containing lead and acid are used in cars, are hazardous, and should always be recycled. Most places that can sell you a car battery will also accept used ones — some places may even pay you a small amount to reward your responsible actions.
We hope you go forth and recycle! Moving forward, take a moment to check whether an item you’re purchasing is single-use battery-operated. If possible, go with rechargeable batteries.
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