How should I dispose of small batteries such as AA, A, C, D, 9-volt, or button batteries?

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December 16th, 2009

How do I dispose of common household batteries, e.g., the As, C, D, 9-volt, or button batteries?

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Small household batteries—the A's, C's, D's, and 9-volt—no longer contain mercury since it was outlawed more than a decade ago. So, if they end up on a landfill, it's not as big a deal. But button batteries—the kind used in watches and hearing aids—do still contain mercury, and should be treated as hazardous waste. Hearing aid and watch dealers usually will accept them.

If your trash goes to an incinerator rather than a landfill, drop them in a collection box instead. If you're not sure what happens to your trash, assume it's burned.
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