How is California Doing with Recycling Rechargeable Batteries?
Most portable electronic devices use rechargeable batteries, and millions of rechargeable batteries are sold in California each year. California no longer allows batteries to be disposed of in the trash because they contain toxic metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, and nickel. If released, these metals may be harmful to humans and the environment.
Approximate Quantities of Rechargeable Batteries Collected for Recycling in California in 2017:
400,000 pounds of nickel cadmium batteries (Ni-Cd)
It is difficult to accurately estimate the rechargeable batteries collected for recycling in California due to the following reasons:
For More Information
The following fact sheet has more information on rechargeable batteries: