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Batteries

Batteries

Boost your battery sense!

Many of our favorite gadgets rely on battery power, and many of the batteries we use are rechargeable (like those in our cell phones, laptops and ipods). Rechargeable batteries are ideal because they can be used over and over, saving money and the environment. Take it a step further by considering replacing your household alkaline batteries with rechargeable batteries.

  • Batteries are made of valuable metals that are becoming more scarce and more expensive to mine. When batteries can be recycled, the metals are recovered and the other components are reprocessed and used again.

    Batteries also contain hazardous waste, and although household alkaline batteries have low amounts of mercury and are less of an issue, it is very important to know what to do with your batteries at the end of their life. Even if a recycling option is not available to you, proper disposal is important for the health and safety of our environment.

    In Virginia, you are not required to recycle standard household alkaline batteries (AA, AAA, C, D and 9 volt). Rechargeable batteries, however, must be recycled at the end of their life cycle.
  • Household hazardous waste events are the best place to take all types of batteries including household alkaline, rechargeable, car and all other types. VPPSA holds numerous household hazardous waste events throughout the year for Peninsula residents and SPSA has five hazardous waste collection facilities for Southside residents. Virginia Beach residents can go to a Household Battery Recycling Drop-Off site or the Virginia Beach Landfill and Resource Recovery Facility at 1989 Jake Sears Road, which also handles household hazardous waste. Suffolk residents can use the SPSA locations or bring single-use & rechargeable batteries to one of 12 drop-off sites located throughout the city.
  • Alkaline batteries can be placed in the trash if you tape the ends of each battery with masking tape and place multiple batteries in a plastic bag before putting into the trash. In Virginia, you are not required to recycle standard household alkaline batteries (AA, AAA, C, D and 9 volt). Rechargeable batteries, however, must be recycled at the end of their life cycle.
  • BatteriesPlus or Batteries+Bulbs locations will also accept all kinds of batteries for proper disposal. You can also visit the Call2Recycle website and enter your zip code to locate a rechargeable battery drop off location near you.
  • If you’re using more than a dozen or so disposable batteries per year, you can save a lot of money by switching to rechargeable batteries!
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