By some counts, Americans buy nearly 180 tons of batteries each year – a nationwide recycling strategy is wise and responsible. Fortunately, alkaline batteries haven't contained harmful materials for over 25 years, and the U.S. passed a law in 1996 phasing out the use of mercury in batteries, so progress has been made. In fact, unless you live in California, you've been tossing non-rechargeable batteries safely in the trash for at least 19 years. Truth is, consumers are looking for alternatives – and today there are options...
How to dispose of batteries.
If you're curious about how to recycle batteries, the best place to start is by visiting Earth911 – there you'll find pages of helpful information, including answers to the most frequently asked questions about how to dispose of used batteries.
Another extremely useful resource is Call2Recycle, an Energizer® partner for 20+ years, and the only free rechargeable battery collection and recycling program in North America.
But does recycling really work?
Great example: since its inception in 1994, Call2Recycle has recycled over 100 million pounds of used rechargeable batteries. This national mindset to recycle has enabled Energizer® to pioneer technology that reuses battery material to create new batteries. So already we’re helping to make a difference.