05 Apr '12, 9pm

What happens to a rechargeable battery if it gets recycled or trashed? You might be surprised:

What happens to a rechargeable battery if it gets recycled or trashed? You might be surprised:

Most of us rely on rechargeable batteries daily and for multiple devices. In fact, Call2Recycle , the nation’s leader in consumer battery recycling, estimates that consumers use an average of six wireless devices in their day-to-day lives. So what happens to all of those batteries when they have given their all and need to be replaced? Photo: Flickr/Pete Slater Depending on their owner’s eco-awareness level, batteries either get recycled, or they get thrown in the trash. However, the end of life impact of a rechargeable battery is drastically different based on that decision. Due to their heavy metal content, the Environmental Protection Agency has categorized batteries as Household Hazardous Waste. This means they are safe to serve their purpose in our homes, but can become hazardous if disposed of improperly. Charge Up: Your Room-By-Room Guide to Batteries Follow the two...

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