No, I’m not going to tell you that you can repurpose old batteries. I’m sure that would be dangerous. But, as it turns out, you can’t even recycle standard alkaline batteries (unless you live in California). Which begs the question: what do you do with old batteries?
After much research, all advice points to this: throw ’em in the trash. Yikes! But what about all the toxic chemicals that will be leaching into the landfills (the Earth’s soil, hello!)? Well, I don’t have an answer for that, but I do have an alternative suggestion.
Rechargeable batteries can be recycled. And now you might be thinking, “But the’re rechargeable, why would I need to recycle them?” Because rechargeable batteries do have a limited life span. But, of course, they still last way longer than the alkaline types. And here’s the best part: rechargeable batteries save you money! How could you go wrong with something that’s recyclable and frugal?
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