Green Your Battery Choices

Review this information about alkaline and rechargeable batteries and seriously consider using and recycling rechargeable batteries.

Single-use batteries

In Monroe County (NY), single use batteries, including alkaline or zinc batteries may be disposed of in the regular trash.  Most manufacturers have removed the mercury from alkaline batteries and the other metal in the batteries (steel, zinc and manganese) don’t pose health or environmental risks.  Additionally, the mix of metals are difficult to recover from batteries.
How to recycle single use batteries:

Rechargeable batteries

Rechargeable batteries do contain materials such as mercury, cadmium, lead, and lithium that should and can more easily be recycled.
Of the different types of rechargeable batteries, Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) is the best in terms of performance and long-term value. This page on provides a summary of information regarding performance and other characteristics for other types of rechargeable batteries.
How to recycle rechargeable batteries:

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