If dead batteries are piling up around your house it’s time to dispose of them. But how do you dispose of old batteries without causing harm to the environment?
This guide will tell you everything you need to know about old battery disposal and help you avoid harming our environment.
Old Battery Disposal
From cell phone batteries to car batteries and everything in between, batteries are used to power all types of devices. But once used batteries are dead there is nothing else you can do with them.
Alkaline batteries are the most common type of battery in use. These are single-use batteries that can be found in smoke detectors, flashlights, and clocks. This type of batteries is usually non-hazardous and there is no need to worry about proper battery disposal.
You can simply toss them out in your trashcan except if you live in the state of California. It’s always a good idea to follow a few precautions when you those away alkaline batteries because they probably still have a bit of power in them.
Place used batteries in a plastic tub so they won’t spark
Pro Tip: When you buy replacement batteries make sure you recycle the packaging the new batteries come in.
Rechargeable batteries on the other hand must be recycled. It’s a good idea to try to recycle all batteries if your state has facilities to do so. Rechargeable batteries are made with materials like NiCad and have toxic metals like lead and cadmium inside them.
Do not throw these batteries out in your trash. If these batteries are not recycled toxic materials can end up in your water supply or get into the ground at the dump. Here are some recycling options.
Lots of stores run a battery return program. Keep your eyes open for local stores in your area where you can return your batteries for used battery disposal.
Call your local solid waste district and ask where to dispose of batteries. Every city is different but your community may have an event or program that your solid waste district can tell you about.
Some battery manufactures also have mail-in programs to return used batteries. Check the back of your packaging for more information.
Many auto shops take back used car batteries for a recycling fee. Auto shops and stores even except for corroded battery disposal.
Pro Tip: Always inform the post office you are mailing batteries before you send the package.
Proper Disposal of Used Batteries is Key
It is a good idea to make a few calls and see what your community offers for old battery disposal. You never know until you ask. Save all the batteries that you wish to recycle in a plastic tub to reduce the chance of sparking and recycle them all at once to make things easier.
If you’re looking for new replacement batteries for cars, flashlights and all kinds of other items then head over to the Wharehouse Battery Outlet. We specialize in nothing but batteries.
Contact us today if you are looking for a particular brand or size. Weare here to service you.
Warehouse Battery Outlet's goal is to get you access to the battery you need. We stock batteries for almost everything, including common batteries such as alkaline batteries watch batteries, hearing aid batteries and dog collar batteries as well as more obscure batteries such as Bipower prizmatic batteries. Located in Quakertown PA, Warehouse Battery Outlet offers local delivery for specific items on business accounts. Our 13,000 square feet of warehouse and retail space makes for WBO's superior buying power allows us to provide, to our customers, the most competitive pricing in the industry today. Servicing the areas of Allentown, King of Prussia, and surrounding areas daily!