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A Guide To Recycling Household Batteries For Retailers And Consumers

3/30/2009 02:01:00 AM Eastern

Battery Type: Alkaline 

  • Common Name: Coppertop, Alkaline

  • Examples of Use: Flashlights, calculators, toys, clocks, smoke alarms, remote controls

  • Disposal classification: These batteries are classified by the federal government as non-hazardous waste.

  • Proper Disposal: Place in the trash with normal municipal waste, except in California, which  requires non-households to dispose of these batteries in accordance with the California Universal Waste Rules.

Battery Type: Button

  • Common Name: Mercuric Oxide, Silver Oxide, Lithium, Alkaline, Zinc-Air

  • Examples of Use: Watches, hearing aids, toys, greeting cards, remote controls

  • Disposal classification: Hazardous waste

  • Proper Disposal: Contact your municipality for the nearest Household HazardousWaste Collection Site.

Battery Type: Carbon Zinc

  • Common Name: "Classic", Heavy Duty, General Purpose, All Purpose, Power Cell

  • Examples of Use: Flashlights, calculators, toys, clocks, smoke alarms, remote controls, transistor radios, garage door openers

  • Disposal classification: These batteries are classified by the federal government as non-hazardous waste.

  • Proper Disposal: Place in the trash with normal municipal waste.

  • Exceptions: California requires non-households to dispose of these batteries in accordance with the California Universal Waste Rules. Also, Minnesota (Hennipen County only) requires these batteries be disposed as a hazardous waste.

Battery Type: Lithium / Lithium Ion

  • Common Name: Usually has "lithium" label on the battery

  • Examples of Use: Cameras, calculators, computer memory back-up, tennis shoes

  • Disposal classification: These batteries are classified by the federal government as non-hazardous waste

  • Proper Disposal: They can be recycled. To find a center near you go to: www.rbrc.org/start.php 

    Battery Type: Nickel-Cadmium (Rechargeable)

    • Common Name: Either unlabeled or labeled "Ni-Cd"

    • Examples of Use: Flashlights, toys, cellular phones, power tools, computer packs

    • Disposal classification: Hazardous waste

    • Proper Disposal: They can be recycled. To find a center near you go to: www.rbrc.org/start.php

      Battery Type: Nickel Metal Hydride (Rechargeable)

      • Common Name: Either unlabeled or labeled "Ni-Li" or "Ni-Hydride"

      • Examples of Use: Flashlights, toys, cellular phones, power tools, computer packs

      • Disposal classification: non-hazardous waste, except in California, which requires Non-households to dispose of these batteries in accordance with the California Universal Waste Rules.

      • Proper Disposal: Safe for disposal in the normal municipal waste stream.  They can also be recycled. To find a center near you go to: www.rbrc.org/start.php

        Battery Type: Reusable Alkaline Manganese

        (Rechargeable)

        • Common Name: Renewal

        • Examples of Use: Flashlights, calculators, toys, clocks, radios, remote controls

        • Disposal classification: Non-hazardous waste,

        • Proper Disposal: Safe for disposal in the normal municipal waste stream. www.rbrc.org/start.php 

        Battery Type: Sealed Lead Acid (Rechargeable)

        • Common Name: "Gel," VRB, AGM, Cyclone, El Power, Dynasty, Gates, Lithonia, Saft, Yuasa

        • Examples of Use: Video cameras, power tools, wheelchairs, ATV’s, metal detectors, clocks, cameras

        • Disposal classification: Hazardous waste

        • Proper Disposal: Contact your municipality for the nearest Household HazardousWaste Collection Site
          www.rbrc.org/start.php

        Battery Type: Silver Oxide

        • Common Name: Panasonic Silver Oxide

        • Examples of Use: Watches, hearing aids, toys, greeting cards, remote controls

        • Disposal classification: hazardous waste

        • Proper Disposal: Non-consumers must dispose of these batteries in full compliance with the hazardous waste rules. Consumers are covered by the Household exemption under RCRA which allows for these batteries to be disposed of into the municipal waste stream, but hey can be recycled. To find a center near you go to: www.rbrc.org/start.php

       

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