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Recyclopedia: Alkaline Batteries (AA, AAA, C, D)

Alkaline Batteries (AA, AAA, C, D)

Alkaline Batteries (AA, AAA, C, D)

Alkaline batteries are standard household batteries (AA, AAA, C, D). They are used in products from walkmans and clocks, to smoke detectors and remote controls. Since 1994, most types contain no added mercury or only contain trace amounts. These batteries are marked "no added mercury" or have a green tree logo. Although newer alkaline batteries contain less mercury than their predecessors, they are still made of metals and other toxins which contaminate the air and soil.

How to recycle. If you have curbside recycling service at your home, place the alkaline batteries in a sealable, clear plastic bag and place on top of the lid of your closed recycling cart. (DO NOT set out any vehicle or other lead acid batteries).

For proper disposal. If you do not have curbside recycling, alkaline batteries may be taken to any Public Collection Site or Household Hazardous Waste collection facility or event (see collection information below).

Buy products not Powered by Batteries - Items such as electric clocks, power tools, and solar-powered calculators are cleaner alternatives to their battery-operated counterparts. Fuel cell-powered electronic equipment is an emerging industry that is supplementing/replacing standard batteries and can be used on a vaiety of machinery. In the future these forms of "greener energy"" may solve some of our waste management problems.

Use Rechargeable Batteries in Place of Disposable Batteries - Although the initial purchase is more expensive (you have to buy a charger) there is a long-term savings when using rechargeable batteries as well as a reduction of waste. Rechargeable batteries are particularly useful for items that frequently consume batteries such as portable CD players as well as household products like smoke detectors and clocks.

Note: Nickel Cadmium (NiCad) rechargeable batteries are hazardous waste see Rechargeable Batteries for recycling/disposal information.

FREE HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE (HHW) DISPOSAL
If you live in Clark County or one of its cities, you may dispose of unwanted household hazardous waste products at any of the following HHW collection sites or events. Eligible senior and citizens with disabilities who are unable to transport HHW to a collection site or event may call (360) 397-6118 ext. 4352 to see if they qualify for a free home pick up. Business-generated hazardous waste will not be accepted.

To dispose of your HHW products at a county-sponsored disposal site:

DO:
• Keep HHW products separate (do not mix).
• Bring products in their original containers when possible.
• Seal products to prevent leaks and spills.
• Keep products away from the driver and passengers, i.e., in a trunk, truck bed, or trailer.
• Keep children and pets away from collection sites and events.

DO NOT:
• Exceed 25 gallons or 220 pounds of HHW per event.
• Bring unlabeled, empty or leaking containers, asbestos, explosives or ammunition, radioactive or infectious waste, or business-generated waste to the collection site.