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Manage My Life

Where should I dispose of my old batteries?

by Manage My Life Last activity date:
June 7th, 2010

I've heard that just throwing away batteries is bad for the environment. What's the best way to get rid of old batteries?

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Manage My Life
Walgreens has a collection bin. It's usually located by the film processing counter.
by Manage My Life
June 7th, 2010
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Great question! Household or “dry-cell” batteries no longer contain mercury, but this doesn’t mean that they can be thrown away with your regular trash. To keep a battery’s heavy metals out of landfills—and potentially our ground water and soil, I prefer to save up my spent single-use or rechargeable batteries and bring them to a battery collection center.

Many manufacturers, retailers and community based sites collect batteries for safe recycling and/or disposal – for example, in Chicago you can drop your alkaline batteries off at any Chicago Public Library or Walgreen location. Did you know that your local Sears is also a battery collection site? For other options, visit my new favorite website for a location that’s convenient for you.

Another idea, if you don’t have the room to collect batteries long term in your house, ask your employer to consider a company sponsored battery collection. A battery collection service can be hired to drop off empty collection bins, and as soon as the office and employees have filled one, they can be called to pick up the full bin, and drop off a fresh clean bin. This makes battery recycling a snap!
by Manage My Life
June 5th, 2010
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Jude Reter
Hey Henry, In Chicago most of the public libraries have battery recycle repositories. On the north side Sulzer Regional has the container right at the front door.
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by Jude Reter
June 4th, 2010
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Check out (see link below) all you need to do is put in what you want to recycle and your zip and it will tell you where to drop off your batteries.
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by dancummings
June 4th, 2010
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