Is it illegal to dispose of your old batteries in New York State?

Can you legally dispose of your batteries in New York State? Does it matter what type of batteries you throw away? Let’s take a look at what New York State law says. For legal purposes, New York classifies batteries as rechargeable or single-use.,

Rechargeable batteries are commonly found in cordless power tools, cordless telephones, cordless vacuum cleaners, laptop computers, cell phones, cameras, two-way radios, biomedical equipment, etc.

Single-use batteries are not reusable when they lose their charge. They are commonly found in musical greeting cards, remote controls, car keyless entry remotes, watches, hearing aids, flashlights, smoke detectors, toys. etc

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picture by Aoumeur Abderrahmen on Unsplash

Can you just throw the batteries away?

It depends on the type of battery. If it’s a single-use battery that isn’t alkaline, you can’t just throw it away – it’s illegal. Alkaline batteries, on the other hand, can be thrown in the trash, although New York recommends recycling them via Call2Recycle.

It is illegal in New York State to dispose of rechargeable NiMH AAA, AA, and D batteries.,

It is against the law to knowingly dispose of NiMH batteries in the trash in New York State. Instead, NiMH batteries should be recycled.

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picture by John Cameron on Unsplash

In New York State, any retailer that sells rechargeable batteries or products that require rechargeable batteries must offer a recycling service.,

Any retailer that sells covered rechargeable batteries or products containing rechargeable batteries must accept used rechargeable batteries from NYS consumers for recycling. Be sure to check and remove the rechargeable batteries contained in the products before disposing of them. Examples of products that often contain rechargeable batteries: personal care appliances, toys, digital cameras, cell phones, laptops, tablets, e-readers, wireless speakers and other devices, portable power tools, etc.

You can find Call2Recycle locations near you here.

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