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Revised Fall 2015

Battery Safety - Understanding Battery Recycling

Recycle your portable rechargeable batteries to conserve natural resources, to prevent rechargeable batteries from entering the solid waste stream, and ultimately, to preserve our environment.

Portable rechargeable batteries are commonly found in cordless power tools, cellular and cordless phones, laptop computers, camcorders, digital cameras, and remote control toys. The most common recycled portable battery chemistries include: Nickel Cadmium (Ni - Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium Ion (Li - ion), and Small Sealed Lead (Pb) (weighing less than 2 lbs./1 kg.).

These batteries can be recycled by depositing them into battery collection boxes at major retailers  in the U.S. and Canada. Or to find a collection site nearest you, visit or call the consumer helpline, 1-877-723-1297.

The following organizations can provide more information on additional battery chemistries and recycling efforts:
Portable Rechargeable Battery Association
Avoid the Spark

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