ORS/The Exchange is excited to be accepting batteries of all kinds for proper disposal. Vehicle batteries are free, all others are $2.00 per pound.
Here are two reasons we need to recycle batteries:
- Batteries are made from valuable refined resources and chemicals. Lead, cadmium, zinc, lithium and mercury. Every battery we recycle will be taken apart and these materials will be recovered and used to make new batteries or something else. If you toss them, these resources, and the energy spent to refine them, are lost.
- Recycling batteries is good for the environment. Most of the refined elements listed above are toxic. If we keep them out of the landfill, heavy metals will not leak into the ground, and ground water.
As there are no uniform standards in the industry for labeling batteries, and with so many sizes and chemical compositions, this is not a perfect science. However, generally speaking, most of us only use a few types of batteries. Here are some of the most common.