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Old 06/27/2011, 12:01 PM   #112
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Is there a place to recycle/dispose of non-rechargeable batteries? You know, the regular ones.
There is no need to recycle standard alkaline batteries. Toxic heavy metals were eliminated from their manufacture in the mid 1990's (the primary element of concern was mercury). The technology does not currently exist to make recycling alkaline batteries cost-effective. As a result fewer places are accepting them and most any place that does take them ends up throwing them away on their own. From the Duracell website:

Alkaline batteries can be safely disposed of with normal household waste. Due to concerns about mercury in the municipal solid waste stream, Duracell has voluntarily eliminated all of the added mercury from its alkaline batteries since 1993 — while maintaining the performance you demand. Our alkaline batteries are composed primarily of common metals — steel, zinc and manganese — and do not pose a health or environmental risk during normal use or disposal.
And from the Energizer website:

Most everyday use batteries are alkaline and lithium, which in most states can be disposed of via your normal waste management process. This is possible because many years ago Energizer led the industry in eliminating heavy metals, such as mercury, from our products. Therefore, these products don’t contain any hazardous materials, as classified under federal EPA guidelines.
Still, they do end up taking up space in landfills, so switching to low-self discharge rechargable nickel metal hydride batteries like the Sanyo Eneloops are a good idea.

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