¬†¬†¬†¬† For a couple of weeks now, two old cell phone batteries have been taking up space on our kitchen counter.¬†¬†My husband and I got new batteries for our cell phones, but what to do with the old batteries?¬†
¬†¬†¬†¬† I knew I couldn’t just throw them in the trash because they contain toxic metals and¬†should be kept out¬†of the environment.¬†¬†¬†Although tiny and innocuous-looking, they are classified ‘hazardous waste’ by the U.S. Environmental Protection¬†Agency. ¬† So safe disposal matters.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†I did a little research, and I am happy to report that getting rid of old cell phone batteries safely is actually quite easy.¬† An outfit known as the¬†Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) works with a variety of retailers and organizations to¬†take all types of cell phone batteries:¬† nickel-cadmium (ni-cd), nickel metal hybrid (Ni-MH), and Lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries.¬† Lowes, Home Depot, Staples, and many other retail chains offer a drop-off program.¬†¬†Consumers can simply drop off their old cell phone batteries (and other household batteries as well, for that matter), and know that these batteries will be disposed of safely.¬† They will not be contributing to air pollution through incineration nor to contamination of groundwater through¬†landfill disposal.
¬†¬†¬†¬† But my research also informed me that while many retail chains have a policy of accepting old cell phone batteries, not all of their individual stores actually do.¬† To find a
site¬†near you that actually does participate in the RBRC program, just click here:¬†¬†http://www.ehso.com/ehso2.php?URL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rbrc.org/consumer/uslocate.html¬†
¬†¬†¬†¬† Here, at the Call2Recycle website, you can enter your zip code to find the nearest stores and organizations that will accept your old cell phone batteries for safe treatment.¬† I live in a rural area, and I was pleasantly surprised that a large number of stores in the nearest big town of Harrisonburg, VA, popped up, along with phone numbers.¬† So I can check by phone to make sure these individual outlets actually do participate in the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation program.¬† Then I’ll just take the cell phone batteries (if I can remember!) with me next time I head down to Harrisonburg.¬† And since outlets that receive cell phone batteries also take AA, AAA, and other household batteries, I can just save up all used batteries to drop off on trips to Harrisonburg.–April Moore