I admit it, I’m an evil, evil man. Or maybe just kinda evil. I’ve long been a proponent of using rechargeable batteries. And as you can see from the poll on the right side of this site, for most travelers, that’s most often what’s packed. But I fall short of carrying the idea through to the end.
I started purchasing rechargeable batteries years and years ago because it annoyed me to be throwing batteries in the trash so often. And when our daughter was born and the toys started rolling into the house, it was the most economical way to keep things that didn’t need a ton of power charged up. And it worked well for all these years.
And yet, when one of those batteries finally bites the big one and won’t take a charge, I chuck it. That’s right, eco-conscious me, just throws another chunk of metal into the landfill. I’m lazy. And I never knew where to recycle the buggers. Until now!
Thanks to the handy site Call2Recycle.com (which obviously got its start with telephone calls) has an easy to use zip code search feature smack dab on their homepage. I found a site within 5 miles of my home that will take all manner of rechargeable batteries. From cell phone to camera to power tool batteries, you can bring them all in for free recycling as long as it’s a Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium Ion (Li-ion), Nickel Zinc (Ni-Zn), and Small Sealed Lead* (Pb) type of battery (95% of the time, it will be). Items are sent back to Pennsylvania where all the materials are either turned into new batteries or the scrap metal is reclaimed. I know, I’d rather not ship my stuff all the way across the country, but alas, it’s better than in a landfill by the Columbia River.
They also take old cell phones. The site is nice and complete with a good FAQ and press kit for those interested. Check them out before you throw away your next rechargeable battery!