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Weekly Tips | March 05, 2012

Recharge!


If batteries are sold separately when buying electronic toys and other portable items that are used regularly, why not consider buying rechargeable batteries and a battery charger to go along with them?

You can also “go green” with electronics and consider buying electric clocks and power tools, solar-powered calculators, and other products not powered by batteries.

To recycle spent rechargeable batteries at no charge go to Call2Recycle or use King County’s recycling tool and keep them out of the landfill.

Resource: King County Battery Recycle Locator

The Big Picture

Every year in the United States, Americans buy, use and throw out billions of batteries.

The demand for batteries can be traced largely to the rapid increase in cordless, portable products such as cellular phones, video cameras, laptop computers, and battery-powered tools and toys. Because some types of batteries still contain toxic constituents, such as mercury and cadmium, they can pose a potential threat to human health and the environment if improperly disposed.

Source: Environmental Protection Agency Battery Stewardship Program | Oregon Metro

 

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