At Protec Recycling, we know there are a lot of myths regarding battery care and use, and yet according to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans throw away more than 3 billion batteries every year.
When it comes to something as ubiquitous as the household battery, a product we use every day, shouldn’t we know more about its proper care and disposal? To start, here are some myths and realities:
When it comes to battery disposal, the situation can be just as confusing, and you may find conflicting information online.
For example, Duracell and Energizer both now make their single-use alkaline batteries out of common, non-toxic metals that can be disposed of in household waste in most states (California being an exception).
However, single-use batteries CAN be recycled, and big retail stores often make it easy with battery collection boxes, or there may be a battery recycling program in your community.
Rechargeable batteries, in contrast, are covered by Federal requirements for battery recycling, including The Battery Act and the Universal Waste Rule. That is because rechargeables often contain toxic materials like nickel cadmium and lead.
Rechargable batteries both can and should be recycled.
Here is a rundown of some common battery types:
Whenever possible, Protec recommends the use of rechargeable batteries. Today’s NiMH rechargeable batteries, from a reputable manufacturer, are as good as alkaline batteries or better. They can be recharged hundreds of times, saving landfills from endless tons of battery waste, and they are recyclable. A win-win!
If you have questions about battery recycling in Alabama, or need information on electronics and e-Waste recycling, call us at 205-549-2120.