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The proper handling and disposal of batteries can be a very confusing issue.  There are many types—alkaline, carbon-zinc, lithium, nickel-cadmium (NiCd), nickel metal hydride (NiMH), button cell (lithium manganese) and lead-based (used in automobiles and other small engines).  And there are many different programs and approaches across Indiana and the nation related to the handling, disposal and recycling of batteries. 

Thankfully, there are some standard rules and recycling programs for rechargeable and lead-based (automotive) batteries.  Retailers that sell certain types of rechargeable and lead-based batteries are required to accept those types of batteries from the public for recycling; regardless of where the batteries were purchased.  So, most every large retailer (Wal-Mart, Target, Home Depot, Target, Lowes, Kmart, Sears, etc.) will accept for recycling the type or types of batteries they sell (rechargeable, lead-based or both).  It's always a good idea to verify a store’s participation and details of that store’s program prior to arriving with batteries to recycle, so call the store directly ahead of time. 

Additionally, you can always contact your local solid waste management district for more information on programs in your community. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 February 2010 13:25