• Battery Safety and Disposal

    Alkaline batteries can be safely disposed of with normal household waste, since the Mercury-Containing and Rechargeable Battery Management Act passed in 1996 that phased out the use of mercury in alkaline batteries. That means they aren't nearly so toxic when disposed in landfills.

    However, Recycling Batteries with other chemistries due to the chemicals in them, you should recycle rechargeable, lithium, lithium ion, and zinc air batteries.

    In addition to “traditional” rechargeable batteries like AAs or AAAs, rechargeable batteries like the ones found in everyday household items such as cameras, cell phones, laptops, and power tools should also be recycled.

    Look for the battery recycling seals on rechargeable batteries.

    Car batteries containing lead should be brought only to waste-management centers, where they can eventually be recycled. Because of the value of battery materials, many auto retailers and service centers will buy back your used car batteries for recycling. To find a rechargeable battery recycling location near you, visit www.call2recycle.org.

    Some retailers often collect batteries and electronics for recycling.