Batteries should never be placed in your home or work mixed recycling or garbage, they can cause fires at the waste and recycling centers. Batteries should be recycled, they contain heavy metals like nickel, cadmium and lead which are hazardous to our health and the environment.
Alkaline batteries - While these no longer contain mercury many batteries may still release heavy toxic metals that can pollute water.
Rechargeable batteries - Using rechargeable batteries reduces waste and is the best environmental option whenever possible. However, rechargeable batteries must be disposed of properly because they contain toxic materials such as lead and cadmium and are the most likely to cause fires at our disposal facilities. Many of our everyday gadgets such as cell phones, digital cameras, power tools, and every day electronics use rechargeable batteries.
Auto batteries (lead-acid) - Almost 98% of all used lead-acid batteries are recycled, making the lead-acid battery the most highly recycled product in the nation. Most places that replace your car battery will recycle it for you, though an additional fee may apply.