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How do you recycle household batteries?

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To recycle household batteries, find either your local battery recycling center, visit any major big box retailer, or use a battery recycling website. Tens of thousands of companies are willing to recycle batteries free of charge.

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An easy way to recycle household batteries is by using sites such as Batteryrecycling.com, which provides a pre-paid shipping label and mailing kit into which you can place all manner of batteries. Approved batteries include single-use alkaline batteries; rechargeable lithium-ion and nickel-cadmium small batteries; handheld electronics, including cell phones, PDAs and media devices; and batteries for laptops and other portable devices. A federally-mandated limit limits the number of lithium-ion batteries that may be sent through the mail; check each mailing kit to avoid crossing that limit. A nominal cost applies to each recycling kit available from Batteryrecycling.com, depending on its size.

To recycle batteries for free, head to most major big box retailers, including Target, Wal-Mart or Best Buy. Each of these companies offers battery and device-recycling to its customers. Clearly marked bins for used batteries are typically located at the front of each store. Several boutique-type battery retailers also provide free recycling services. There is no cost associated with this type of recycling.

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