Why Recycle Batteries
Alkaline Batteries no longer contain mercury, so they can be safely disposed of with normal solid waste. They are now made primarily out of steel, zinc, and manganese, and do not pose a health or environmental risk during use or disposal. They CAN be landfilled, but it doesn't mean they SHOULD. The metals can
be recycled instead of sitting in the landfill for hundreds or
thousands of years.
Rechargeable Batteries & Button Batteries
Rechargeable batteries may contain a variety of chemicals, including Nickel Cadmium (NiCd), Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH), Lithium Ion (Li-ion), and Small Sealed Lead (Pb). Button batteries still contain small amount of mercury, and should be recycled through your local Household Hazardous Waste Collection site.
KGMB and Recycling
Batteries can be dropped off at the Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautful office during business hours. Radio Shack Stores and Whole
Foods Locations also accept batteries at no charge.