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Recycling Old Batteries – Response to Reader ?

How should I recycle old batteries?

-Chris, Green Philly Blog Reader

Good question, Chris! Did you know that over 3 BILLION single-use, dry cell batteries are disposed of in landfills? Most importantly, I’d first recommend switching your batteries to rechargeable ones over the single-use.  I have approximately 8 reusables and a charger, so I always have backups for my toothbrush/etc when previous ones need recharging.

To answer your question, here’s where to drop off & recycle your batteries in Philadelphia area:

  • Rechargeable batteries: Whole Foods, IKEA, Best Buy, Office Depot, Staples & Radio Shack. (Source: Grid)
  • Alkaline batteries: Big Green Earth Store, Whole Foods, IKEA & Best Buy
  • Automotive batteries: Pep Boys, Advance Auto Parts & Auto Zone
  • As I advised Kevin who wanted to recycle his laptop, Philadelphia Streets Department hosts various Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off events scheduled throughout the year in 2011.  They accept rechargable computer & cell phone batteries, button cell batteries (commonly used for hearing aids, watches, and calculators) but do NOT accept Household batteries size D, C, AA, AAA nor 9 volt.
  • Earth 911 has a search tool to find a complete list of nearby recycling facilities.

Posted by Julie

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Julie Hancher
Julie Hancher is Editor-in-Chief of Green Philly, sharing her expertise of all things sustainable in the city of brotherly love. She enjoys long walks in the park with local beer and greening her travels, cooking & cat, Sir Floofus Drake. View all posts by Julie Hancher

5 thoughts on “Recycling Old Batteries – Response to Reader ?

  1. This faint green type is VERY hard to read. Greater contrast would be a big help.

    I was at IKEA to day (15 Sept. 2011) and only rechargeable batteries were accepted.

  2. Recycling batteries is a wonderful idea because you find on how to make use them. Nowadays, it is being practiced by some people so that they can save more. I do hope that more people will get inspired and do the same not only for their old batteries but also for other hazardous materials such as proper packaging of chemicals.

  3. Thanks Rose! I think what Whole Foods recycles varies from store-to-store, so it’s best to ask in-house.

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