From Scott Carlberg

It is a battery-operated world. Laptop, phone, car, toothbrush, and on and on.

What happens to the batteries after they are drained?

Recycle those batteries. “Why? Most batteries contain toxic ingredients like cadmium, lead, lithium or sulfuric acid. Batteries can leak and get into the ecosystem and groundwater. And while old batteries may not generate enough energy to power a device, they could still spark a fire if they’re not handled carefully.” That is from WRAL-TV.

Handle recyclable batteries with care. Here’s advice from one organization:

South Carolina does a terrific job in recycling. Information is easy to find, check the state website.

Asheville, NC, recycling poster

North Carolina battery recycling is not communicated on such a statewide basis. It may be best to search online for your city or county. Here are examples of the way some NC cities handle it.

Asheville

Apex

Orange County

One state-level North Carolina resource is here. It has less of a consumer information and more of a policy orientation.

Many businesses, such as some big box stores for home repair or office supplies, also have battery recycling containers.

Here are two sites that have search functions to find battery recycling places near you:

Earth 911.

Call2Recycle.

Part of the convenience of using batteries to make our lives easier includes the stewardship to handle and dispose batteries properly.

Want to read about a really different thought about battery recycling? Here’s an article from Scientific American that looks at using old electric vehicles batteries for new uses, like powering neighborhoods or towns. The story – Don’t Junk that EV Battery—It Might Power a Town