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Solid Waste & Recycling Newsletter

Charge Into the Holidays

Rechargeable Batteries

The holidays are right around the corner, and with the holidays come gift-giving, many of which require batteries. This year, rather than purchasing single-use batteries, think about investing in rechargeable batteries that can be used again and again.

There are many reasons to choose rechargeable batteries:

  • Waste reduction – Since rechargeable batteries can be used over and over, there is less waste going to the landfill.
  • Save money – Purchasing single-use batteries can be expensive. While it is true that rechargeable batteries cost more upfront, over their lifetime you will save lots of money. Remember, it is always a good idea to unplug your rechargeable batteries once they have a full charge and to check that your devices can use rechargeable batteries.
  • Resource reduction – Using rechargeable batteries saves resources and energy versus single-use batteries. Not only are rechargeable batteries able to be used hundreds of times, but it also takes less energy to recharge them than it does to produce single-use batteries.
  • Recyclability – Did you know that rechargeable batteries are recyclable and that in New York State they must be recycled? It is illegal to dispose of rechargeable batteries in the trash and they should never be put in your home recycling bin. Properly recycling these batteries saves precious resources and lessens the need for virgin materials. Your old batteries can be recycled into pots and pans, utensils, and even new batteries.
  • Recycle Right - When a rechargeable battery has reached the end of it's useful life, find a collection location using Call 2 Recycle. There, you can find collection locations near you to recycle your used rechargeable batteries safely and responsibly. Remember, batteries should never go in your home recycling bin. Learn more about recycling rechargeable batteries and the type of batteries that can be recycled.

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