Rechargeable batteries are convenient as they power so many everyday items, from cordless tools and cameras to cordless phones, laptops and toys.
However, rechargeable batteries go through a different recycling process than single-use batteries, according to Call2Recycle. Thus, recycling drop-offs that take single-use batteries may not take rechargeable batteries, and vice-versa.
If you have rechargeable batteries that you need to recycle, here are five places where you can do so.
“It’s easy to overlook those dead batteries hidden in a drawer or to toss them out with the household garbage. But they carry big weight when it comes to responsible recycling these days,” notes Best Buy. Every Best Buy big-box store offers a drop-off spot for rechargeable batteries.
The Home Depot
The Home Depot recycled more than a million pounds of rechargeable batteries in 2016. Today, stores in almost all 50 states offer this program to customers. Any rechargeable battery that weights up to 11 pounds is accepted.
Lowe’s and its customers have recycled more than 6 million pounds of rechargeable batteries since 2004. Stores have an in-store recycling drop-off that accepts rechargeable batteries.
You can bring your rechargeable batteries that no longer hold a charge into a Staples store and they recycle them for you. Staples says that, “Collected batteries are then sorted and recycled into new batteries and devices.”
Find a Location Center Near You
You can find a drop-off location for rechargeable batteries near you on the Call2Recycle website. You can also check with your county or city recycling center website for information on if they take rechargeable batteries.