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How do you recycle batteries for free?

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The Environment, Health and Safety Online database provides information for a variety of centers that cover a broad range of battery types and recycling. If there is not a recycling center within proximity, major retailers also typically offer solutions to battery recycling.

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For retailers, places such as Batteries Plus, Black & Decker, Best Buy, The Home Depot, Radio Shack, Sears, Staples and Target are all ideal starting points. Along with them are other options such as Verizon Wireless, Wal-Mart and Remington Product Company.

If neither online resources nor actual retailers are able to help, there is a hotline to help consumers find the nearest retail collection site for recycling; the number is 800-8-BATTERY, as of 2015.

If there are still questions about what should be done with old batteries, a phone call to the local or county health department can reconcile some concerns. For certain types of batteries, such as alkaline batteries, there is no way to actually recycle them. This means they just end up going into a landfill. The EPA hotline, 800-424-9346, is available for concerns regarding large business or large non-household matters.

Some battery manufacturers have created a recycling program, the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation Battery Recycling Program, which was made specifically to help consumers find the means to recycle batteries.

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