In order to correctly dispose of your batteries, you must know which type you have - single-use or rechargeable. A little effort in properly disposing your batteries will lighten your eco-footprint- always a good idea.
Option #1: Toss in trash. (sniff-sniff)
Option #2: Go green and have a Battery Solution's iRecycle Kit mailed to you. Depending on the size, the collection box or tub will cost between $30 to $80, which covers the postage to mail the battery-stuffed kit back to Battery Solutions. The firm then recycles your batteries. Nice idea for school and church battery collections.
Rechargeable batteries power mobile devices and tools and contain nasty toxic chemicals, namely nickel and cadmium, that can leach into landfills and pollute our air, water and land.
Rechargeable batteries must be recycled and NOT tossed into a landfill. Recycle rechargeables at big box stores, Targets and RadioShacks. To find a local spot, enter your zip code at Call2Recycle, a national battery stewardship program, and up pops the many outlets that collect and properly dispose of your old rechargeable batteries.