With the large number of portable devices we use every day, it is no wonder that we have a lot of batteries to recycle. Using rechargeable ones, such as nickel cadmium (NiCad) batteries, cuts down on some of the waste. Unfortunately, even rechargeable ones eventually stop working and need proper disposal. Since nickel cadmium is a known carcinogen for humans, many countries have programs in place to recycle them safely. In most cases these programs are offered free of charge as well.
Consult the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD)’s website for the most current information on locations where you can dispose of NiCad batteries properly worldwide.
Follow the web links the OECD provides to find out more about existing recycling facilities in your area as well as their hours of operation.
Phone ahead to make sure that the facility you plan to visit with your batteries will be open at the time you choose to visit. While many people try to keep their websites as up-to-date as possible, sometimes that information is not the most current. Speaking to a person on the phone will always give you the most up-to-date information.