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How to Dispose of Batteries

Introduction

There is a lot of stuff you canít just throw out: thermometers, cell phones, some medications, household appliances, aerosol bottles, paint, and a plenty of other stuff that is considered to be household hazardous waste (HHW). One of the things you canít recycle is a dead battery. If you have any batteries at home, you have to know how to dispose of them. There are a few ways to do that, certain doís and doníts . When it comes to dangerous waste, you have to be very responsible. This article is written for those who care and who want to make a difference. Keep reading to learn where and how you can dispose of batteries.

Do's

Alkaline batteries

Alkaline batteries - is the only type of batteries that can be simply thrown out with the rest of your trash. To learn if a battery you want to get rid of is Alkaline simply read what is written on it. If you see the word Alkaline, feel free to throw it out. Most single-use batteries are Alkaline batteries.

Hypermarkets

If batteries you want to get rid of are rechargeable, then you can simply bring them to a collection point. Such collection points can be found in e-stores, hypermarkets or Staples. Next time you visit one of those places, ask them if where exactly you can dispose of old batteries.

Mail in and take back programs

Some manufacturers take their used products back even if law doesnít require that. There is the list of manufacturers who do that: Acer, Apple, Asus, Best Buy, Brother, Canon, Coby, Dell, Epson, Funai, Goldstar & LG, Hitachi, HP, JVC, Kodak, Lenovo, Microsoft, Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sansui, Sanyo, Sharp, Sony, Target, Toshiba, Vizio, Xerox. It doesnít matter if your battery is rechargeable or single-use, you still can use a mail in, drop off or take back program.

Collection days and points

Search for local collection points. There are facilities that collect household hazardous waste all year long. You can find those by means of the site Earth 911, using a recycling guide. You can enter your zip code and find out where you can dispose of batteries or any other hazardous waste. In every area there are collection days when you can bring all the HHW to a collection point.

Don'ts

Do not burn batteries

You should keep batteries away from fire! It is very dangerous: if you do that, best case scenario Ė it will leak. The worst case scenario: it will explode.

Do not charge single-use batteries

Do not charge single-use batteries, they will sure leak and are likely to ruin your charger. No need to say how dangerous that can be.

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Conclusion

Household hazardous waste must be properly disposed of. Avoid keeping this sort of waste in your house and dispose of it as soon as you get a chance. If you have other kinds of HHW in your home, you may want to use the site Earth 911 to figure out what to do with it. Purity of environment matters.

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