Q: Where can I dispose of household (nonrechargeable) batteries instead of the trash?
— Ken Boughton
A: If your concern is that the batteries contain hazardous materials, rest easy. The single-use, dry-cell batteries that we commonly use for household purposes such as flashlights and remote controls no longer contain mercury and don’t have to be treated as hazardous waste, said Mike Settles of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Those batteries include AA, AAA, C, D and 9-volt batteries.
The U.S. EPA says it does not require special disposal measures for the small quantities of single-use, dry-cell household batteries a typical homeowner might want to get rid of.
As long as the batteries were made in the last 15 years or so, they can be disposed of in the trash.
Of course, you might want to recycle the batteries for environmental reasons. The only place I know of in our area that accepts single-use household batteries for recycling is Green Light LLC in Canton. It charges 10 cents a pound.
Please note that the disposal information applies only to the batteries I mentioned. Other types of batteries, including button-cell and rechargeable batteries, may still need to be treated as hazardous waste or have special handling requirements.
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