How to Recycle Single-use Batteries

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Single-use batteries contain materials that are both recyclable and considered hazardous. You can drop them off at a household hazardous waste (HHW) facility or participate in the many mail-in or take-back programs that are available.

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Frequent Single-use Battery Recycling Questions

Is it against the law to throw away single-use batteries?

At this point in time, the state of California is the only state in which it is illegal to throw any type of battery (including single-use) in the trash. However, just because it may not be illegal in your state, batteries should still be disposed of in a responsible manner since they contain toxic materials than negatively impact the environment.

Why should we recycle rechargeable batteries but not single-use batteries?

If you talk to your local solid waste department, you may be instructed to put alkaline batteries in with your regular trash. This is partly due to the Mercury-Containing and Rechargeable Battery Management Act passed in 1996 that phased out the use of mercury in alkaline batteries, making them less of an issue when disposed in landfills. But this doesn’t mean alkalines are not recyclable.

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