Often the essential component in keeping our electronics on and working, batteries have been winding up in landfills for decades. Even rechargeable batteries are trashed after they’ve expended their use or lost their ability to retain a charge. Thankfully, battery recycling options are increasing, helping us prevent corrosive batteries from ending up in our landfills or contaminating our water supplies. In fact, the European Union mandates battery recycling.
Batteries can be placed into two categories: primary (single use) or secondary (rechargeable). Each type requires a certain degree of special attention when recycling. Each year, Americans trash nearly 180,000 tons of batteries. Using rechargeable batteries is a step in the right direction. Rechargeable batteries account for nearly 7 percent of total battery waste in the U.S.
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