How to Dispose of Dead Batteries the Right Way

How to Dispose of Dead Batteries the Right Way

It’s coming to the end of the year, which means it’s getting to that time where many of us will be attempting to navigate the piles of crap we’ve accrued over the months.

No? Just me? Okay then.

In any case, when the urge to attack a major clean comes about, it’s useful to know the right ways to dispose of your household items. As our recent piece on disposing of grease correctly highlighted, the simplest way isn’t always best. And there are more things in your home that are tricky to get rid of than you’d assume.

Today, let’s chat about batteries.

So, you’ve zapped the juice out of a set of these bad boys. What do you do? Throw ‘em in the regular old trash, right? Wrong.

According to Planet Ark, your batteries (rechargeable, non-rechargeable or the batteries you find in your electronic devices) should never go in the recycling or waste bin.

The reason behind this is that the make-up of these energiser bunnies is hazardous and tossing them out runs the risk of starting a fire.

How the heck do I get rid of them?

It’s not as simple as throwing them in the kitchen bin, but there are a fair few ways to approach this. One of the easiest ways is taking your dead batteries to Aldi. The store runs a free battery recycling program where they’ll take your AA, AAA, C, D and 9V sized batteries (rechargeable and non- rechargeable) off your hands.

This helps prevent the rubbish from heading into landfill, and the chemicals in these batteries from seeping into the environment.

Doing good for the environment while doing your weekly shop? Not too shabby.

Planet Ark also suggests checking out Battery World, as selected outlets accept all battery types. If you’re doing a bigger toss out of rubbish, it could be worth contacting your local council to see what their collection days include, and when they are.

Lastly, you can always take a peek at Recycling Near You (also Planet Ark) to see what battery disposal services are available nearby.

Happy recycling, folks!

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