The City of Nelsonville Code Enforcement Office wants to remind Nelsonville residents how to properly dispose of batteries.
From cell phones and laptops to power tools and children’s toys, batteries are used to power all types of portable devices, and it is important to know how to dispose of batteries properly, whether they are rechargeable AA batteries or disposable alkaline batteries.
Batteries come in two basic types: rechargeable and single-use or disposable ones. Car batteries, rechargeable 9-volt batteries and even tiny cell watch batteries can all have toxic chemicals and heavy metals. It is important to know where and how to dispose of lithium batteries and others properly.
Tip: “Dead” batteries are not completely dead and must be stored and thrown away correctly to prevent fires.
How to Dispose of Rechargeable Batteries
Laptops, tablets, digital cameras, cell phones and cordless power tools all use rechargeable batteries. These batteries are usually lithium-ion, nickel-cadmium, nickel-metal hydride, nickel-zinc, or small sealed lead batteries. Rechargeable batteries should be recycled. Look for the battery recycling seals on rechargeable batteries.
Tip: Remove batteries from broken cell phones and laptops before you give, throw away or recycle the device.
How to Dispose of Alkaline Batteries
Alkaline batteries are the common household types found in remotes, clocks, flashlights, smoke detectors and other wireless devices. They are usually non-hazardous and can simply be tossed into a regular trash can, except in California. However, since they still have power in them it is best to follow a few precautions before you throw them out:
- Collect used batteries in a container that will not cause a spark such as a cardboard box or plastic tub.
- Prevent any fire risk by taping 9-volt terminals before tossing.
Tip: When you buy your new batteries, remember to recycle the packaging.
Where to Recycle Batteries
Rechargeable batteries must be recycled but you should try and recycle all batteries. Some batteries like NiCad ones have toxic metals such as cadmium and lead. Recycling makes sure the components of all batteries are handled properly and do not end up in streams and landfills. Here are some options for recycling:
The Athens – Hocking Solid Waste District (AHSWD) operates a free rechargeable battery recycling program. AHSWD has set up retailers and public agencies as rechargeable battery drop-off locations at no cost to the participant. Current locations,
Athens Library – 30 Home St Athens, Ohio 45701
Nelsonville Library – 95 W. Washington St Nelsonville, Ohio 45764
Wells Library – 5200 Washington Rd Albany, Ohio 45710
The Plains Library – 14 South Plains Rd, The Plains, Ohio 45780
Coolville Library – 26401 Main St Coolville, Ohio 45723
Hocking County Health Department – 350 St Route 664 N Logan, Ohio 43138
Wal-Mart -12910 St Route 664 S Logan, Ohio 43138
Savings Hardware – 95 East Main St Logan, Ohio 43138
Laurelville Library – 16240 Maple St Laurelville, Ohio 43135
Some battery manufacturers and recycling facilities have mail-in programs. Before mailing your batteries, be sure to follow postal shipping precautions.
Check with your local auto dealer or battery retail location about recycling lead acid or car batteries.
Knowing how to properly dispose of used batteries is good for the environment.