How to Dispose of Old Batteries

It is important to dispose of batteries properly.

Batteries power many of the devices we use every day. However, at some point batteries run out of juice for good and reach the end of their useful life.

Batteries come in two common varieties: rechargeable and single-use.

Rechargeable batteries are typically able to be charged hundreds of times before they need to be replaced with a new battery. Devices such as laptops and cell phones are typically powered by rechargeable batteries. These batteries are typically nickel-zinc, lithium-ion, or nickel-cadmium. Rechargeable batteries should be removed from gadgets and devices before the devices are thrown away. The rechargeable batteries should then be recycled.

Common ways to recycle rechargeable batteries:

-Visit your local Home Depot or Batteries+Bulbs store

-Call your local solid waste district and ask if your municipality has a collection program

-Some battery manufacturers offer mail-in programs to send in your used batteries

Single-use batteries are also known as alkaline or disposable batteries. Alkaline batteries power many household items such as TV remotes, clocks, and flashlights. These batteries are typically non-hazardous and can be tossed in the trash. However, California doesn’t allow single use batteries to be tossed in the trash.