Rechargeable batteries power a variety of everyday items, some you might not even think about, and for the most part, these batteries are recyclable.
“Battery recycling is an important part of protecting the environment,” says Jennifer Childress, Director of Marketing and Communications at Call2Recycle, North America’s only free rechargeable battery and cell phone collection program. “Rechargeable batteries shouldn’t end up in the waste stream, in landfills or shipped to other countries. They can, and should be, recycled.”
Not only is it important to recycle rechargeable batteries because it’s better for the environment, but also because valuable resources can be reclaimed and reused. “The metal recovered from rechargeable batteries can be reused in golf clubs, silverware and even for new batteries.”
Call2Recycle makes it easy for consumers to recycle batteries with 30,000 free public drop-off locations. Participating as a collection site in the program is also free and easy.
To help you maximize your rechargeable battery recycling opportunities, we put together this room-by-room guide and highlighted some unexpected items.