By Amanda Wills on Feb 28, 2010

Battery Recycling Hits Record High

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A typical rechargeable battery is an eco-friendly power choice that can be recharged up to 1,000 times, but once they lose their charge, they should be recycled. Flickr/jc.westbrook

Despite a down economy, battery recycling is at an all-time high. According to Call2Recycle, battery recycling collection saw a 6.9 percent increase, and Call2Recycle collected 6.1 million pounds of rechargeable batteries in 2009.

Call2Recycle attributes the increased efforts by major retailers, including The Home Depot, Apple Computer, RadioShack, Lowe’s, Interstate All Battery Center and RONA. Together, these organizations collected 20 percent more batteries for recycling in 2009 than in 2008.

“Despite last year’s lower sales of batteries and the products that use them, we’re recycling more batteries than ever thanks to retailers that have embraced their role as environmental stewards,” says Carl Smith, president and CEO of RBRC, which operates Call2Recycle.

“By using our recycling program to divert millions of pounds of solid waste from local landfills, businesses and consumers alike are making a statement that environmental sustainability is a priority, regardless of the economy.”

No matter what kind of battery you use, recycling them at their end of life is key to preventing pollution and recapturing valuable metals to be reused.

Because of their materials, these batteries may or may not be considered hazardous waste in different states. So, you should always check with your local government health, solid waste or recycling department before you consider their disposal.

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  1. says

    There is a long way to go before we can consider battery technology efficient. Rechargable batteries seem more ecological at first glance but batteries are less efficient than running off the mains directly (there is also an inefficiency with regards to running equipment of witricity). Eventaully we will be replacing all batteries with a non-chemical based portable power source but for now it’s important to recycle the batteries we are using (but more important to limit our use of batteries by using direct mains where possible).

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