Battery Recycling: Dos and Don’ts
When it comes to battery recycling, there’s a lot of gray area. They’re hard to ship, and hard to recycle, and there’s millions and millions of them.You know it doesn’t feel right to throw them away, but where do they go? Solving this problem is one of the reasons we started Hellocycle! What should you do with them? We have a few dos and don’ts!
Do: Utilize industry tools
Battery recycling is included with your subscription, but if you’re between boxes, there are other options! Lithium-ion and other types of rechargeable batteries do have a recycling infrastructure that their industry was required to develop. It’s called the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation/Call 2 Recycle. If you call them, you can get a free returnable box to collect all kinds of rechargeable batteries. You can also find boxes provided by RBRC in locations including Home Depot, Best Buy, and Staples.
Don’t: Throw them away!
Alkaline batteries are a different story. There is no Federal statute governing their recycling. If you call your town’s solid waste department, you’ll most likely be told to put them in the trash, “but not too many at once”. That doesn’t really give you a warm fuzzy, does it? Save yourself the guilt by recycling!
Do: Leave battery recycling to us!
Battery recycling is included with any of our subscriptions. You can feel good about where your spent batteries, and other recyclables, are going. At Hellocycle, we deal in enough volume that we send them to a smelter for metal reuse. Improving the recovery and recycling of alkaline batteries (and CFL’s) is one of our passions. Check out our subscription options today!