The batteries in your remote control are going dead again. You rip open a new pack of batteries and swap out the bad ones for the good ones. The old ones, of course, go in the trash.
Right? Yes, single-use alkaline batteries like the ones found in your television remote can be tossed in your garbage can. If they were lithium rechargeable or sealed lead-acid batteries, that’s a different story. These have to be taken care of in a different way.
Keep reading to find out more about how to dispose of old batteries the right way for the sake of yourself and the environment.
1. Alkaline Batteries
Single-use alkaline batteries are the most common ones around. They're the AA, AAA, C, and D batteries you use in your everyday household items like the TV remote or a flashlight. Since they're created with metals that don't harm the environment, you can throw them in your garbage when they start to go dead.
The only exception is if you live in California. In California, it's illegal to throw any battery in your garbage. It doesn't matter the type.
After hearing this, if you want to recycle your single-use batteries, that's fine. They can be recycled just as easily as they can be thrown away but there's usually some kind of fee involved.
2. Rechargeable Batteries
You can cut down on how many batteries you throw away by picking up lithium rechargeable ones instead. There is a catch, however. Once they've lived out their usefulness, you can't throw them away.
Lithium rechargeables, while convenient, are made using heavy metals that hurt the environment. It's illegal in a lot of states to put these batteries in the dumpster. You have to recycle them.
You've got a couple of options for recycling them. A lot of home improvement stores often have a dropbox available for you to place the batteries in. If nowhere around you offers this service, you can go online to search for a recycling area or get in contact with city hall.
3. Sealed Lead-Acid Batteries and Standard Car Batteries
Sealed lead-acid batteries and standard car batteries can not go into your garbage can. They aren't too hard to recycle though. Most stores that sell such batteries are also required to take the old ones off your hands and recycle them.
If you can't find a local store to get rid of them, you can go online and search for recycling companies near you.
How to Dispose of Old Batteries the Right Way
There's a certain method when it comes to throwing away batteries. Single-use alkaline batteries can go in your household garbage. Any other one will need to be recycled.
We hope that this guide has taught you how to dispose of old batteries the right way so you can help the environment and stay out of legal trouble.