How to Dispose of Batteries
Batteries power a variety of portable devices. Everything from cordless phones and laptops to cars and toys use battery power. Eventually, a battery stops powering a device or fails to charge. That means it’s time to replace it.
Knowing how to dispose of batteries properly helps protect the environment. Whether they’re rechargeable AA batteries or single-use alkaline batteries, learn safe disposal. This guide offers tips on battery disposal and battery recycling.
Single-Use vs. Rechargeable Batteries
Can Batteries Be Thrown Out?
Batteries contain chemicals and metals that produce a reaction to generate electrical energy. While recycling of batteries is encouraged to protect the environment, you can throw out some types. Common household alkaline batteries are considered nonhazardous. You may toss out alkaline batteries with ordinary trash.
Button cell batteries used in items like remote car starters and watches contain silver and mercury. They must be recycled. In California, all household batteries are categorized as hazardous waste. Batteries must be brought to a household hazardous waste disposal facility. Another option is recycling at an authorized recycling facility in the state.
How to Dispose of Alkaline Batteries