Saturday, April 04, 2009

How Do I Recycle That? (Batteries)

Yes, you've made the switch or are making the switch to rechargeable batteries (the only way to go). But wherever you are that process, you still may have to dispose of the old-fashioned kind, and even rechargeables will eventually fade.

So, what to do with your old single-use batteries? 

Well, what not do is to throw them in the trash. Batteries contain heavy metals and other toxic substances  (nickel, mercury, lead) which can contaminate our land and water sources if left to sit in a landfill. And since three billion dry cell batteries are purchased in the U.S. every year, recycling is super important.

Recycle them instead!

I was recently pleased to see a battery collection bin at the Los Feliz Library.  You can also drop yours at a household hazardous waste collection around town (see a list of collection events sponsored by the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County here). 

Or, consider using Battery Solutions for your home or business. There, you can purchase an iRecycle kit where you and your friends'/family's/co-workers' batteries (and even mobile phones) can go in, be mailed off, and Battery Solutions will do the work of sorting, shipping, and recycling from there.

Here's a list of places to drop off your batteries for recycling in L.A. (courtesy of Earth 911).

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