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What to Do with Old Alkaline Batteries

Does anyone have ideas for how to properly dispose of old alkaline batteries? With two little ones and loads of toys requiring batteries, I am constantly replacing them. I know places that take rechargeable batteries but not disposable alkaline. I try to be Earth friendly but I simply need too many batteries to use solely rechargeable ones. Alkaline batteries leak mercury and other toxins into our ground water so where can I take them for recycling? I researched and came up with nothing. CA requires recycling as do our European friends but not here in IL. Thoughts?

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Thank you to all the wonderful "green" moms out there who offered up ideas on where to bring the batteries. I had no idea that Walgreens, IKEA and possibly even Target (hello, I live there) recycle batteries. I really appreciate your thoughts. Together we can all do a better job keeping our beautiful planet clean!

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I collect them in a big bag.Ikea has a recyceling program
for batteries,I myself have to look around,too if there are other places outthere.

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I save mine up until we go to the Peggy Notebaert museum - they have a battery recycling bin at the entrance.

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In the Loop, there is a Radio Shack at Clark/Adams that collects them. I've also gone to the Ace Hardware at Clark/Wellington in Lakeview.

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IKEA has a recycling station where you can return batteries and fluorescent light bulbs

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Our Walmart has a recycle container for old batteris and other stuff like cell phones, plastic bags, and ink cartridges. Otherwise call the local garbage company or recycling center they might be able to tell you where you can drop them off.
Best of luck
Peggy

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Hey, I just wanted to say good for you! I live in Kentucky, and recycling seems like a foreign concept here! I once called the city to find out what to do with old oil-based paint, and they told me to dump it down the sink! Are you kidding? Anyway, it's always great to see people making efforts not to put more dangerous chemicals into our environment! Thank you!

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I know you got a lot of great responses. Just wanted to mention one more option to everyone - that Staples office supply store has a recycling drop off too - they take old batteries. I go there to drop off mine...I believe most of the office supply stores do this as a courtesy. Give them a call to check a location near you.

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If you are in the city of Chicago, all Walgreens and public libraries take alkaline batteries to recycle. Suburban Walgreens don't necessarily take them.

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We take all of ours to Home Depot, they have a recycling box by the registers. The box actually says just for large drill batteries and rechargeable batteries, however they said to throw all batteries in there and they will recycle them.

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I collect them in a big bag.Ikea has a recyceling program
for batteries,I myself have to look around,too if there are other places outthere.

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I am pretty sure Target had a drop off box at their video counter (where you see the tv's) that you can drop off old batteries. Maybe check with WalMart too. Otherwise I'd put them in a baggie and wait for the annual recycle event with the guys who pick up the garbage to get rid of them.

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I'm not sure if there are any near you..but I always save up my batteries and take them to Battteries Plus, and they will recycle them! Hope that helps. Also, you can go to Earth 911, if you google it and you may also find a place to recycle them by you.

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We can take them to the library for disposal.

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Try Walgreens - Home Depot

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Home Depot accepts them too. =)

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Cartridgeworld will take them & recycle them for you. They have several locations.

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Check with your local Walgreens. They have a battery recycling program set up at a lot of their stores. Usually by the photo desk.
Jenny

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Check with your village/town. In North Aurora, we can set ours out in a separate baggie for recycling on garbage pick-up days. Certainly makes me feel much better about all the batteries we go through!

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You can bring them to Radio Shack and they will recycle them.

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Home Depot and most hardware stores like Ace have bins for batteries that need to be recycled. We had the same problem! for collection at home we have a gallon tub from ice cream that our son decorated, we reused a recycleable tub. Yeah for the planet!!!

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Here is a link I found at Kane County's website. They do free pickup, you just have to call to schedule, though it IS dependent on where you live. I'm glad you asked this question, I save my batteries to take either to my daughter's school or clinic (therapy) where they recycle batteries on their own or IKEA. But I'm gonna try this Kane County one, since they pick up AND they do more than just batteries! Like all the old motor oil hubby never seems to take somewhere for disposal!!!

http://www.co.kane.il.us/Environment/recycle/hhw.htm

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I save mine up until we go to the Peggy Notebaert museum - they have a battery recycling bin at the entrance.

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Lincoln Park Zoo has a place where you can recycle your old batteries- it's in the information booth/building right by the main entrance from the parking lot. We always take ours there, and I think if you pull into the lot, the first 20 minutes of parking is free!

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Hi K.,

My work has a place to put old batteries to be disposed. I was wondering if your husband or you work at a place where they dispose batteries? All I do is take them to work to dispose of them there.

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Oswego park district collects them and I think most fire departments will take them once a month on a set day.

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try Ace Hardware or best buy. Or contact Mchenry county Defenders for other locations.

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The Chicago public library offers battery recycling and I believe some Walgreens stores do too.

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Hi, you can go to http://www.batteryrecycling.com/ and check things out there. There is a cost to it, but I figure it's worth it, I don't have to leave my home looking for places and it helps out by being green.

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I just found out a few weeks back that I can but a ziplock bag full of old batteries on top of my garbage can during day of pick up and they will seperately receycle it.
Call your village and find out, if that is an option.
Thanks for caring to keep the planet clean.

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Our Chicago Public Library has a recycle bin for batteries.

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In Virginia Beach you can bring your batteries to the library and leave them to be recycled.

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In the Loop, there is a Radio Shack at Clark/Adams that collects them. I've also gone to the Ace Hardware at Clark/Wellington in Lakeview.

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Here in OR the high schools have a club called Roots & Shoots...it's an environmental club that the youth get involved in issues such as these. My daughter's high school has a group that puts out notice that they will collect and take them to a recycling place...check out your local high schools and see if there's something similar!

Also, a great way to meet possible babysitters!

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Batteries Plus at 409 S Rand will take them. You may want to reconsider the thought that you need too many batteries to use only rechargable. It will be far cheaper in the long run and if your children have so many toys they won't miss being able to use one whilst the batteries recharge.

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I know the Chicago Public Library has tubes in the main hallway to collect them. I am sure of Sulzer on Lincoln and Montrose.Hope this helps

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Hi K.:

Walgreens will take old batteries. Check with your neighborhood store.

B.

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Hello. Congrats on your young vibrant family. I live in Chicago. Some Walgreens participate in recycling old batteries. (That's why I now don't mind buying them) The Chicago Public Libraries recycle batteries. If your local library does not currently participate, maybe you can encourage them to do so. Take care. Thank you for being responsible.

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I take mine to Naperville Fire Station #4 (I believe). It's right off of Rt. 59.

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I believe Fedex Kinkos has a battery recycling bin.

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Here are a couple of articles that tell you your options....
in addition, my aldreman has a program.

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&i...

http://egov.cityofchicago.org/city/webportal/portalConten...

Recycle Your Batteries

Participate in the City's household battery recycling program at all Chicago Public Libraries and Walgreen's stores. By recycling your batteries you will help keep these materials out of the waste stream and the battery components will be reclaimed for reuse.

All common dry cell batteries can be recycled, including alkaline, rechargeable, and other common types.

This recycling program includes most batteries used in the home both disposal & rechargeable, including:
Alkaline Batteries, these are the typical disposable batteries, Duracell, Energizer, Ever Ready

Lithium Batteries, these are typically found in cameras
All Button Type Batteries, often found in watches and smaller electronic devices
Wet cell batteries, like car batteries, can not be recycled through this program.

Funding for the City of Chicago's battery recycling program has been provided in part through a grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

What:
Try out the City's battery recycling program.

Where:

Chicago Public Libraries - Chicago Public Library Branch List
Walgreens Stores - Walgreen's Store Locator

Containers are also located at:

The Household Chemicals and Computer Recycling Facility, 1150 N. North Branch Street
95th Street Red Line station
Jefferson Park Blue Line station

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Most Ace Hardware locations also take them. THere is also a place in Lake Zurich, called Batteries Plus who take them.

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I toss them in the blue container we use when recycling bottles cans alu. plastic & glass

I have a lot of household batteries (AA, C), and I too have found it difficult to dispose of them. We are told here in Virginia that batteries cannot be placed in the trash. At the same time, Prince William County Landfill website says they charge $20.00 to take the batteries. "Batteries +" charges 90-something cents per pound for the "inconvenience" of having to dispose of my batteries. Another company will take the batteries depending on how much I am willing to pay them. Of course, all these companies are scams because they mislead you into believing that "you pay them to take your batteries, and once they have your money, you send them the batteries". What happens is when you do mail the batteries, the United States Postal Police are at your door to arrest you for mailing a hazardous material and your money is long gone. This did not happen to me. I just remember all the posters at the post office detailing what is a "no-no" to mail. I would like to recycle the batteries, and apparently the Federal Government and the various states seem to be riding a bandwagon with a sign "RECYCLE !!!!!!!!!". Unfortunately, at least Virginia, and most likely other states too, do not practice what they preach. They want you to recycle the batteries but they make it impossible and even cause financial hardship on those trying to dispose of them properly. As for the Staples here in my area, they do not have recycling for batteries. Neither does any of the Walgreens in my area. So, there I am. What do you suggest?

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