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What happens when the Energizer Bunny actually does die? Hop into recycling mode. Whether rechargeable or alkaline (yep - both kinds are recyclable), getting rid of your batteries in an eco-friendlier way is as easy as banging a drum.
- It's good fur the planet. We Americans buy 3 billion batteries per year; recycling prevents battery toxins from leaching into soil, waterways, and the air.
- Resources that keep going...and going... From lithium to lead, battery companies can recover the chemicals and reuse 'em (60% of the world's lead supply comes from recycled car batteries alone).
- Drop spots are as ubiquitous as that pink you-know-what. Just drop off old ones at a participating retail store when you're picking up new ones.
Jen From Renewable Choice Says: NEVER throw away any batteries! They are so toxic to our land, water, and subsequentally us. You can always find a center or store or even a local program that will pick up hard to recycle materials/hazardpus trash at least once a year. Personally, I bought 2 NiMH rechargable batteries for my digital camera in 2004 and haven't bought a single regular battery since. It only takes about 10 minutes to fully charge the batteries and they usually last for a few days of lighter camera use, or one full day or more of heavy, camera on all the time photography. Given that I love to take photos, those batteries have been one of my best purchases to date. Happy snapping! ~Jen
Jen Biederman is a Customer Service and Communications Specialist for Renewable Choice Energy.