How to Recycle Batteries in Four Easy Steps

Ever wonder what to do with your old batteries? You are not alone. According to Call2Recyle, nearly 3 out of 10 Americans are not sure how to dispose of their old batteries. Many either throw them in the trash or end up putting them in the recycling container.

Ever wonder what to do with your old batteries? You are not alone. According to Call2Recyle, nearly 3 out of 10 Americans are not sure how to dispose of their old batteries. Many either throw them in the trash or end up putting them in the recycling container.  Both these methods are incorrect, and people along with property can be at serious risk. 

Why is proper battery recycling important?

It’s not just cell phone and laptop batteries that need special handling. Batteries – including tiny ones in greeting cards, small electronic toys, and vapes – can spark and explode, causing fires in a truck or at a materials recovery facility. 

These fires are a hazard for drivers and workers at recycling facilities. Batteries can also leak harmful heavy metals and other toxic, corrosive materials that end up in our local soils, groundwater, and streams. 

Types of batteries 

In California, batteries are considered hazardous waste when they are discarded. They include AAA, AA, C, D, button cell, 9-volt, and all other batteries, both rechargeable and single-use. 

How to recycle batteries properly? 

  • Step 1: Remove batteries from their electronics. Place a piece of non-conductive tape, masking tape, or clear tape on the ends of each battery.  Taping is important because it will prevent the positive and negative terminals from coming into contact with other terminals, batteries, or metal objects that can cause a short circuit or a fire.
  • Step 2: Store batteries in a plastic, cardboard, or glass container that does not conduct electricity if there is a spark.
  • Step 3: Find a local disposal electronic store, or check out the Los Angeles County listing of events and locations to drop off batteries.
  • Step 4: Recycle!

 

Where to Recycle? 

  • Local electronics store: The Home Depot, Lowe’s, Best Buy.
  • Earth911.com. Or call 1-800-CLEANUP (1-800-253-2687), a service of Earth 911, to find the nearest recycling center. The website includes information about most recyclable household waste, including household hazardous waste collection centers.

Athens Services is dedicated to reducing waste of all types. We care about your safety and the safety of our drivers and facilities. 

For more information on the proper disposal of batteries and other special or hazardous waste, go to https://athensservices.com/four-great-ways-to-handle-hard-to-handle-waste/.