Important Information About the Disposal of Alkaline Batteries

Important Information About the Disposal of Alkaline Batteries

Wed, 29 Feb, 2012 at 10:20
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DISPOSING OF GENERAL PURPOSE & ALKALINE BATTERIES:

  • Alkaline batteries can be safely disposed of with normal household waste. Never dispose of batteries in fire because they could explode!
  • Due to concerns about mercury in the municipal solid waste stream, battery producers have voluntarily eliminated all of the added mercury from alkaline batteries since 1993.
  • Alkaline batteries are composed primarily of common metals such as steel, zinc, and manganese, and do not pose a health or environmental risk during normal use or disposal.
  • It is important not to dispose of large amounts of alkaline batteries in a group. Used batteries are often not completely “dead”. Grouping used batteries together can bring these “live” batteries into contact with one another, creating safety risks!

RECYCLING BATTERIES WITH OTHER CHEMISTRIES:

  • Due to the chemicals in them, you should recycle rechargeable, lithium, lithium ion, and zinc air batteries.
  • In addition to “traditional” rechargeable batteries like AAs or AAAs, rechargeable batteries like the ones found in everyday household items should also be recycled.  Such household items include batteries found in cameras, cell phones, laptops, power tools and motor vehicles.
  • Look for the battery recycling seals on rechargeable batteries.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT BATTERY RECYCLING, THE EPA SUGGESTS VISITING THESE WEBSITES: