Many batteries contain heavy metals like lead and mercury that can easily contaminate our drinking water if left to deteriorate in a landfill. This is why we can’t throw batteries in the trash.
This is why many think it’s better to throw old batteries in the recycling bin. Unfortunately, that isn’t right either. Did you know that recycling centers are catching on fire because of our old batteries.
Each city handles battery disposal differently, and you should check out your municipal website for specific programs that accept old batteries.