What Do I Do With My Used Batteries?
Batteries are one of the most critical consumer waste we generate since they may contain dangerous substances and we generate billions of units a year.
Here are some comments electric and electronic consumers can use when disposing of the batteries so they are respectful with the environment and comply with the law.
The batteries included with the Americans’ Preferred Blacklight Pet Urine Detector Flashlight are Alkaline AAA type from Duracell. Alkaline batteries are the less dangerous for the environment since they only contain common metals, like steel, zinc, and manganese, and do not pose a health or environmental risk during normal use or disposal. Since 1993 Duracell has removed mercury from all its batteries to comply with the Mercury-Containing and Rechargeable Battery Management Act passed in 1996 that phased out the use of mercury in alkaline batteries.
Therefore, the batteries included in Americans’ Preferred Products can be safely disposed of together with the normal household waste. There is only one exception. Since 2015, the state of California is the only state in where people must recycle over-the-counter consumer alkaline batteries (AAA, AA, C, D, 9volt, etc.). In California, it is illegal to throw any type of battery (including disposable single-use batteries) into the trash bin.
Only one word of caution: it’s recommended not to dispose of a significant amount of batteries together, since they may not be fully discharged and, by contact, this can create a safety hazard.
All the above only applies to the batteries that come with any of the Americans’ Preferred products. If the Customer decides to use a different type of batteries, for instance, non-alkaline AAA’s or rechargeable ones, batteries must be disposed of at specific collecting points, because of the chemicals and heavy metals, such as nickel-cadmium, they can contain.
More information about this topic can be found at the Environment, Health, and Safety Online Site, or contacting your Waste Management local office.