Batteries: To Recycle, or Not to Recycle?

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Many New Jersey Counties have been collecting household batteries for recycling and proper disposal since the early 1990s.

However, due to regulatory changes and less hazardous battery compositions, collection practices have changed for Essex County residents.

Since adopting the New Jersey Dry Cell Battery Management Act in 1991 and the Federal Mercury Containing and Rechargeable Battery Management Act in 1996, household battery manufacturers have begun manufacturing alkaline batteries with no added Mercury and have reduced the amount of Mercury added to other batteries.

Alkaline batteries now fall below Federal and State hazardous waste standards and can be disposed of in the regular trash.

Check out the Essex County Homeowners’ Guide to Proper Household Battery Management

For convenience, Livingston still maintains Battery Collection bins at the Library and Senior/Community Center.

Reminder:  If it’s rechargeable, it’s recyclable!  

Rechargeable batteries are considered “Household Hazardous Waste.”  Rechargeable batteries are recyclables. Some stores will accept rechargeable batteries for recycling; check with your local Best Buy, Staples, Target, Office Max, Lowes, Home Depot, Sears, Wal-Mart and Verizon Wireless.

Essex County accepts them at Household Hazardous Waste collection events. Residents can visit their website at: www.ecuanj.com.