How to Recycle Laptop Battery

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A Guide to Recycling Rechargeable Batteries

Having longer-life rechargeable batteries is better than regular batteries, but even those eventually die- even the one in your laptop. Although it may be the inspiration for great Simpsons’s characters like Blinky the three-eyed fish, hazardous chemicals leaking into groundwater is not cool, so never chuck batteries in the garbage. There are plenty of places that will recycle your laptop battery, or other rechargeable batteries.

Materials recovered from rechargeable batteries can be used to make new products, such as new rechargeable batteries and stainless steel products. Read on for how to recycle laptop battery.

Takeback Programs

In California, for example, retailers who sell rechargeable batteries are required to take back used batteries at no cost. (Since 2005- The Rechargeable Battery Takeback and Recycling Act). That means that any dealer that sells computer and other batteries is supposed to offer recycling return. If you can’t find one, you can send it back to Dell or whoever made it. Some now provide a shipping label along with the new battery. Dell and Sony have great take-back recycling programs.

Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation

This leads to Call2Recycle, one of the best programs around. Call2Recycle is part of the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC), promoting environmental sustainability by providing free battery and cell phone recycling in North America. Hot! Since 1996, Call2Recycle has collected over 50 million pounds of rechargeable batteries in the U.S and Canada.

You simply enter your zip or postal code to find a rechargeable battery and cell phone recycling location near you. I searched for my zip code and found tons of places! Call2Recycle’s retail partners provide easy access for customers to drop off their used batteries and cell phones for recycling. Notable participating retailers include: Best Buy, Black & Decker, The Home Depot, London Drugs, Lowe’s, RadioShack and The Source. I ended up taking mine to RadioShack.

The Call2Recycle program does not accept alkaline, lithium, non-rechargeable, or wet-cell batteries in the U.S. Those are another matter- see RecycleScene’s article series on recycling batteries.

In fact, if you are a retailer or otherwise interested, sign up for the Call2Recycle program and your organization will become a registered rechargeable battery collection site. The program provides all collection containers and collateral materials, and pays all shipping and recycling costs. Most importantly, the program is super easy and FREE.  Just fill out the quick form and sign up!

How to Recycle Laptop Battery Cont’d

RBRC’s helpline is 1-800-8-BATTERY. I called it and you can just enter your zip code and find a place to recycle. Depending on where you live, there could be drop-off centers at large chain stores. Now you know that how to recycle laptop battery = So easy!

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