Recycling Batteries

Proper Disposal of Batteries


Batteries are another item that janitors frequently find in the client’s trash or recycling.  For those of us who are consciously trying to clean sustainably, this poses another challenge.  Do we dispose of these batteries in the regular trash or do we recycle them?  And if we do want to recycle batteries, which ones should be recycled and where do we take them?

After some investigation, I discovered that In Oregon it is okay to throw away AAA through D alkaline batteries made after 1996 into the trash since they do not contain mercury.  However, all others should not be disposed of in the landfill because they contribute many potentially hazardous compounds to the municipal solid waste stream, including zinc, lead, nickel, alkalines, manganese, cadmium, silver, and mercury.  These would include button batteries, rechargeable batteries, NiCad, lithium, silver oxide and mercury batteries.

Here in Eugene/Springfield you can take your batteries to Glenwood’s Recycling Center at 3100 East 17th Ave. at no cost.  Here are a few of their brochures:

Recycling Guide Brochure

Central Receiving Station Guide

Recycler’s Handbook in Spanish

More Useful Website Links

For more information on batteries and their impact on the environment and human health, the following websites may be useful:

Staff writer : Jan Nash


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