Rechargeable Battery Recycling
Why recycle rechargeable batteries?
Most rechargeable batteries contain toxic constituents such as mercury and cadmium, posing a potential threat to human health and the environment when improperly disposed; therefore, these batteries should be handled as Universal Waste and recycled.
Although batteries generally make up only a tiny portion of the municipal solid waste stream (less than one percent), they account for a disproportionate amount of the heavy metals. The EPA has reported that, as of 1995, nickel-cadmium batteries accounted for 75 percent of the cadmium found in the municipal solid waste stream. Because batteries disposed of in municipal landfills and trash incinerators can disperse significant amounts of heavy metals and other toxic substances into the air and water, battery waste prevention and recycling strategies are essential.
Albemarle County Public Schools have partnered with the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation's (RBRC) to recycle used batteries. We also have implemented a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for recycling rechargeable batteries.
If you work for Albemarle County Public Schools and need to dispose of rechargeable batteries, please follow this prodedure or call the Environmental Manager at 975-9340.