Batteries (A, AA, C, D, etc.), Rechargeable (Ni-Cad, Lithium, etc.)

Alkaline batteries

Alkaline batteries are standard household batteries (AA, AAA, C, D). They are used in products from walkmans and clocks, to smoke detectors and remote controls. Since 1994, most types contain no added mercury or only contain trace amounts. These batteries are marked “no added mercury” or have a green tree logo. Although newer alkaline batteries contain less mercury than their predecessors, they are still made of metals and other toxins which contaminate the air and soil.

Rechargeable Batteries

Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cad) rechargeable batteries are hazardous.  Button and disc batteries are used in flashlights, radios, cameras, hearing aids, watches, toys, calculators and other items in the home. These batteries may contain zinc, lead, mercury, nickel, cadmium, silver and electrolytes. If batteries leak or explode, the chemical substances contained in these batteries can cause internal and external burns and irritation. These batteries also contain heavy metals, such as lead, mercury, lithium, manganese, silver, zinc, cadmium, and nickel which can accumulate in ground and surface water, wildlife and humans when disposed of improperly.

Reduce:

Buy Products Not Powered by Batteries

Items such as electric clocks, power tools, and solar-powered calculators are cleaner alternatives to their battery-operated counterparts. Fuel cell-powered electronic equipment is an emerging industry that is supplementing/replacing standard batteries and can be used on a variety of machinery. In the future these forms of “greener energy” may solve some of our waste management problems.

Use Rechargeable Batteries in Place of Disposable Batteries

Although the initial purchase is more expensive (you have to buy a charger) there is a long-term savings when using rechargeable batteries as well as a reduction of waste. Rechargeable batteries are particularly useful for items that frequently consume batteries such as portable CD players as well as household products like smoke detectors and clocks.

Proper Disposal

Fixed Collection Facilities

  • Blaine County Recycle Center (110 Ohio Gulch Road–Bldg 1)
  • Carey Transfer Satiation (1675 South 1800 East, Carey) 
  • Blaine County Annex Building (219 1st Ave S, Hailey)
  • Old County Courthouse (206 1st Ave S, Hailey)
  • Blaine County Judicial Building (201 2nd Ave S, Hailey)

Add Your Business:

If your business reuses, recycles or safely disposes of an item that is on the A to Z list, or an item you feel should be on the A to Z list, complete the attached Vendor Application Form and e-mail it to: submissions@5BRecycles.org.

Add a New Material:

If there is an item that you would like to see added to the A to Z list, e-mail the name of the item to: submissions@5BRecycles.org. We will do the research to see what local disposal options are available.