I recently read a great article on the @marthastewart website called "How to Get Rid of Anything". It occurred to me that often we have items that we aren't quite sure what to do with, when we are cleaning and organizing. This month I'll be posting several of these tips.
Rechargeable batteries are an excellent environmentally friendly and cost saving way to power many products such as laptop computers, cordless phones, power tools, camcorders, cellular phones, and computer games. Rechargeable batteries put the "reduce, reuse, recycle" motto into practice: they reduce the need for resources to be spent on the one-time use alkaline batteries; they are reused every time they are recharged; and, they can be recycled into new products at the end of their useful life.
This info is from the City of San Diego website.
Why recycle? California reports that more than 34,000 tons of toxic batteries are landfilled and only about 16% are recycled. These batteries contain toxic heavy metals such as cadmium, mercury and lead classifying them as a type of hazardous waste called universal waste.
Call2Recycle (link is external), is a nonprofit, public service organization that has been promoting voluntary recycling of rechargeable batteries including: