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Recycling Batteries

Did you know that regular batteries are NOT recyclable, however rechargeable batteries are recyclable?

Furthermore, we are not supposed to throw either rechargeable or non-rechargeable batteries into our regular trash, since most dumps can not handle the toxic metals that will eventually leak out of all batteries. Most cities and counties have hazardous waste collection centers that collect both types of batteries. These centers send regular non-rechargeable batteries to special landfills that can handle toxic wastes from leaking batteries, and these centers send rechargeable batteries to recycling plants.

Recycling rechargeable batteries, that contain lithium ion or nickel-metal hydride, are actually profitable to recycle. Thatís why certain stores, such as Sears, Home Depot, Best Buy, and Circuit City, have recycling boxes for used rechargeable batteries, because these can sell our used rechargeable batteries that they get for free to recyclers for an easy profit.

Not only are rechargeable batteries better for the environment if they are recycled, but they are more cost effective too. Buying a battery charger and more expensive rechargeable batteries are well worth the cost after only a few charges. That is why I only buy rechargeable batteries.

I even think that each and every government in the world should require more utilization of rechargeable batteries and require that they be recycled too.

Since non-rechargeable batteries can not be recycled and rechargeable batteries are cost effective and recyclable, I donít understand why they still sell non-rechargeable batteries at all. I can only hope that I convinced you to do the right thing for the environment and yourself.

by Phil for Humanity
on 04/17/2007

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