They may be small, but batteries can do just as much damage to the environment as refuse a dozen times greater in size. Fortunately, there are several resources designed to help manufacturers, retailers and consumers clean up the mess.
The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (www.rbrc.org) works with many well-known retailers to establish drop-off centers where consumers can dispose of old batteries, such as the ones found in power tools, wireless phones, digital cameras, camcorders, remote controls and laptop computers. The RBRC reports that most batteries can be recycled, including: nickel cadmium (NiCd), nickel-metal hydride (NiMH), lithium-ion (Li-ion) and small sealed lead (Pb).
Starting in April of this year, Staples installed drop-off boxes in conjunction with the RBRC. "Our program with Staples marks the first time we've joined forces with a national office supply retailer," said Ralph Millard, RBRC's executive vice president. "Staples customers already know where to go for office supplies and business services, and it's now more convenient than ever for customers to stock up and be green at the same time."