Where should I take my old batteries?
Many local government agencies and retailers run programs that accept old batteries and send them on for recycling. For information on local collection programs, contact your municipal waste service provider or check the list of Household Hazardous Waste Program Web links at http://ccelearn.csus.edu/mercurylamp/content/resources5.htm .
You can also check http://www.earth911.org for a battery collection program near you.
How should I store my old batteries until I can take them to a recycling center?
Store your old batteries in a safe, dry place and out of the reach of children. For an extra measure of safety, place masking tape or some other seal over the terminals (battery ends).
Are retailers required to accept used batteries from consumers for recycling?
Retailers of rechargeable batteries sold to consumers must accept and collect used rechargeable batteries for reuse, recycling, or proper disposal. Although retailers are not required to take back any other kind of universal waste batteries, many voluntarily take back alkaline and other universal waste batteries. Check with your local retailer.
What legislation requires retailers to accept rechargeable batteries?
California Assembly Bill (AB) 1125
Specifically Public Resource Code (PRC), section 42453, on page 3.