Proper Battery Disposal

This home tip may not necessarily be as fun or inspiring as decorating tips, but it could play a major role in whether your home stands the test of time.

We came across one family’s story of how improper battery disposal cost them their home. We want to make sure all of you take the few extra minutes to safeguard your home.

So what can you do to make sure this doesn’t happen to you and your family?

  1. Do NOT Dispose of alkaline batteries in the regular trash – they go with household hazardous waste collection for special recycling. Many stores also have a return-to-vendor box for batteries. See your local municipality for more details – many have community environment days for easy drop off/pick-up. 9 volt batteries (the rectangular kind) should have their posts covered with a piece of electrical tape or duct tape or masking tape (any non-conductive tape) as they are a fire hazard – ironic since they are usually used in smoke alarms.
  2. Dispose of button batteries at a hazardous waste collection site. This kind of battery is used in hearing aids and watches and contains mercuric oxide, lithium, silver oxide or zinc-air. They are considered hazardous material and must be brought to a household hazardous waste collection site for proper handling.
  3. Dispose of lithium and lithium-ion batteries at a battery recycling center. Lithium batteries are used in various small appliances and have been branded non-hazardous by the government. They are accepted at battery-recycling centers.
  4. Dispose of rechargeable sealed lead-acid or nickel-cadmium batteries at a household hazardous waste site. These types must be taken to either a household hazardous waste site, or they may also be taken to a recycling center.
  5. Dispose of lead-acid vehicle batteries at the retailer. Car batteries contain sulfuric acid and are either 6 or 12 volts. This type is large and contains very corrosive material. Most vehicle-battery retailers will dispose of your old battery when you buy a new one. Metal recyclers also will buy your old battery for scrap.

Continue reading on WikiHow.

Duracell also has some battery care & disposal tips available.

At the end of the day, taking a few minutes to review & follow proper disposal techniques is worth it to protect your home.

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