How to Recycle Batteries at Home


Is the Tv Remote not working anymore? How about your living room clock making you late by not giving you the exact time? Or that RC Copter can’t fly anymore? maybe it’s time to replace the internal batteries. But what happens to the old ones? Do you immediately toss it in the trash?

Batteries pretty much power a majority of your wireless electronics at home. That’s why it’s important to note and learn how to dispose of your dead batteries. With so many electronics, including dead batteries not only poses a threat to the environment, but also those toxic substances that can pose a threat to both humans, plants, and animals.
So how to dispose of your batteries at home? Here’s what you can do:

1. For Single Use Battery

They can be thrown in the trash since almost all of them are made from non-toxic materials. Batteries: like AA, AAA, 9V, D-Cell, etc. As long as they don’t contain mercury. Except for watch batteries, which should be treated as waste together with rechargeable batteries. In most communities, alkaline and zinc-carbon batteries can be safely put in your household trash. But it’s best to contact your local state waste collection agency within your county, community, or state. Or any private recycling facilities within your area.


2. Rechargeable Batteries 

Especially those coin batteries, which can also be a choking hazard for small children. They shouldn’t be tossed in the trash or the recycling bin. It’s better to surrender it to your local waste management authority or contact battery recycling facilities within your state.


3. Built-In and Removable Batteries in Electronics

Portable Electronics like handheld gaming devices, cellphones/smartphones. It’s best to still local battery recycling centers. For built-in batteries, there are some electronics stores like Best buy that take it used electronics. Even Apple offers recycling programs for their Apple devices like iPhones, Mac, and Ipads.


4. Automotive Batteries or Car Batteries

They contain, high amounts of lead which are corrosive and toxic to human health. These batteries can also be used as backup power for certain household generators, or for boats, ATV’s and many more. In this case, call the manufacturer or your local/state battery recycling agency.


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