The use of AA batteries is so common in commercial, industrial, and household settings, that many users have turned to the rechargeable battery to lower costs and improve efficiency. When you can keep spare batteries in a charger for use as needed, it saves the hassle of buying new ones, especially for high-demand electronics. But even rechargeables have a finite life cycle, and then you may be wondering about how to dispose of them.
What’s a battery?
While each battery is slightly different, you can safely assume that each one includes plastic and metal components, as well as the substances that provide the necessary battery chemistry to provide sufficient power for your needs. It’s these chemicals that make rechargeable batteries in particular so dangerous to just throw away in the trash. Recycling rrechargeable batteries requires skill and care to successfully deconstruct batteries safely, securing reusable materials while separating and securing hazardous chemicals.
Proper Disposal is the Law
Because of their potential for environmental harm, many municipalities have laws on the books that prohibit throwing away rechargeable batteries. In fact, the EPA considers rechargeables hazardous waste. Battery chemistry can contaminate groundwater and cause physical harm if taken apart by hand. Just one battery can cause acres of damage or serious burns if someone tries to take one apart.
How Should You Dispose of These Batteries?
In many communities, there are hazardous waste disposal or drop-off programs in place. Contacting the county, city or town clerk is often enough to get the details you need. Some manufacturers offer return programs by mail, too, or in-person programs for local customers. What’s most important is to avoid placing these batteries in the trash for regular waste pickup.
Rechargeable Battery and Battery Disposal Experts
Rapport, Inc. has decades of experience in building custom battery packs, cable assemblies and box builds to meet commercial and industrial needs across a variety of fields. We’re your experts on rechargeable batteries of common and hard-to-find chemistries, and we can guide you on their use, best practices for maximum lifecycle, and proper disposal. When you’re ready to explore your rechargeable battery options, count on our supply chain and manufacturing capabilities for the best results.