How to Recycle Batteries

by Contributor

Americans throw away more than three billion batteries each year. The number of discarded AA batteries alone would circle the globe six times if laid end to end. Batteries do more than take up space in the landfills; they also pollute lakes and streams and leak lead and acid into the ground. Recycling saves money and the environment. Follow these steps to recycle batteries.

Exchange your single use batteries for rechargeable batteries. With the ability to be recharged up to a thousand times, one rechargeable battery replaces 50 to 300 single use batteries.

Find a place to recycle rechargeable batteries when they eventually lose their charge. Many stores provide Call2Recycle boxes for dead rechargeable batteries. With more than 350 million rechargeable batteries sold in the United States each year, the impact could be huge if everyone recycled.

Remember to recycle batteries from cordless items. People use an average of six wireless products each day; cell phones, cordless phones, laptops, digital cameras and camcorders, cordless toothbrushes and power tools, for example. On average, each person throws away eight batteries a year from cordless items, batteries that could be recycled.

Recycle your car battery. Remind your mechanic or dealer to recycle dead car batteries. Recycled lead and plastic goes into making nearly 99 million new car batteries each year.

Check your nickel-cadmium batteries for a recycle symbol. As opposed to disposable alkaline batteries, nickel-cadmium batteries are designed to be recycled and carry the symbol as a reminder.


  • check Visit the Call2Recycle website or phone them at 1-877-2-RECYCLE to find drop off locations for batteries.