Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Recycling & Disposal of Batteries

Alkaline batteries, can be safely disposed of with normal household waste. An environmentally beneficial and economically feasible recycling process has not yet been developed for alkaline batteries, although Duracell is leading an international battery industry effort to develop such a technology.  It is important to recognize that collecting, transporting and disposing of household batteries in a concentrated mass can create safety concerns. Discarded batteries are often not completely "dead." Concentrating used batteries in a container can bring these "live" batteries into electrical contact with one another, creating a safety risk. Any collection program must be organized to minimize such risk.  

Disposing of small quantities of used household batteries (such as alkaline and zinc carbon batteries) with normal waste is preferable over disposing of concentrated quantities.  You must consult with your local government Waste Management Authority regarding recycling and disposal regulations in your community. 

NiCad (Nickel Cadmium) 
NiCad batteries must be recycled. For details see: www.call2recycle.org 
Pb (Lead Acid) Batteries
Lead Acid batteries contain the same chemicals found in common automobile batteries. As a result, your local battery recycling facility should be able to recycle these products. Most of the time, they will provide you with the recycling service at no charge. In some cases, where large quantities of batteries are involved, local companies may be willing to pick up your used Lead Acid batteries. They may even pay you for them. We suggest you look in your local yellow pages for a Lead Acid battery recycling company in your area. 

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