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How to Dispose of Rechargeable Batteries

Updated July 20, 2017

Rechargeable batteries come with instructions on how to use them, but few include directions on how to properly dispose of them. Properly disposing of a rechargeable battery is not as easy as just throwing it in the trash. Batteries that are thrown in the dustbin wind up polluting landfills with heavy metals, such as mercury and cadmium. Properly disposing of rechargeable batteries isn't hard as long as you know the right places to go.

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  1. Open your web browser and visit the Call 2 Recycle website.

  2. Click on the option "Recycle Your Rechargeable Batteries and Cellphones" located under the "Home" tab. Click on the underlined text that appears in the box to your right to find recycling locations in your area.

  3. Enter your Postcode into the white box and click "Go." A new page will open listing the names, addresses and phone numbers of all the stores nearest your Postcode that participate in free rechargeable battery recycling programs. The list is initially sorted by distance, but it can be filtered by name, address, city and state.

  4. Open your web browser and visit the Think Green website, which will help you find Waste Management recycling facilities near your home.

  5. Click the "Recycling" tab and select your state from the drop-down list. Click "Search" once you have selected your state.

  6. Select the Waste Management facility closest to you from the list of sites given. Note that only the sites with a special eCycling symbol (the traditional three-arrow recycling symbol with an "e" in the middle) accept electronic waste.

  7. Open your web browser and visit the website for Earth911, a for-profit company that provides consumers with information about recycling programs.

  8. Type in the word "Rechargeable" into the box labelled "Find Recycling Centers For" located on the home page. Enter in your Postcode/address, city and state in the box labelled "Near." Once you have entered the information, click "Search."

  9. Select the recycling program that best fits your needs. Earth911 offers information on in-store, mail-in and kerbside recycling programs.

  10. Tip

    Store your batteries until you are able to visit a drop-off location if you cannot go to one immediately.


    Never throw your rechargeable batteries into the trash, as you can potentially be violating state laws against improper battery disposal. Call ahead to ensure that your chosen location is still accepting rechargeable batteries.

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About the Author

Michael Hines is a freelance writer who started writing in 2010. He has written for TrendHunter.com covering everything from fashion to eco-friendly architecture. Hines is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice with a minor in English at San Diego State University.

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