Batteries contain chemicals and metals that together produce a reaction that generates electrical energy. While the recycling of batteries is encouraged to protect the environment, common household alkaline batteries are considered non-hazardous and may be tossed out with ordinary trash according to most states. But, we at Recycle My Battery are always encouraging to recycle all batteries including household alkaline batteries. You can drop them at your state hazardous waste disposal facility. If any kids want to lead the effort locally at their school, we can help them provide battery bins with the help of Call2Recycle.
Button cell batteries used in items like remote car starters and watches contain silver and mercury. They must be recycled. In California, all household batteries are categorized as hazardous waste. Batteries must be brought to a household hazardous waste disposal facility or an authorized recycling facility in the state.