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. Reduce waste at the source by buying rechargeable batteries whenever possible.
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. When your rechargeable batteries come to the end of their lifespan, they can also be recycled.
To find a recycler in your area for rechargeable or other batteries, visit Call2Recycle [exit DNR] or call toll-free 1-877-2-RECYCLE.
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