How to Dispose of NiMH Batteries

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NiMH rechargeable batteries are an environmental hazard and can not be disposed of with your regular garbage.
NiMH rechargeable batteries are an environmental hazard and can not be disposed of with your regular garbage. (Image: camera battery image by Wolszczak from Fotolia.com)

An NiMH, or nickel-metal hydride cell battery, is a rechargeable battery often found in electronic products, such as digital cameras, laptops, cell phones and toys. Once the NiMH batteries die, they should not be disposed of in the regular garbage. Handle them as hazardous waste and dispose of them through your county's hazardous waste program, or should recycle them. Many large retailers take part in a rechargeable battery recycling program.

Recycling Program

Place the rechargeable batteries in a plastic sandwich bag until you are ready to dispose of them.

Call the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation at 1-800-822-8831. They will provide you with a list of companies and local businesses that participate in rechargeable battery recycling in your area.

Locate the recycling bin in the participating store, usually located towards the front of the store. Remove the batteries from the bag and place in the slot.

County Hazardous Waste

Place the rechargeable batteries in a plastic sandwich bag until you are ready to dispose of them.

Use a phone book or online search engine to locate the hazardous waste department in your county and call that agency to ask about hazardous waste disposal.

Follow the directions given to you by your local hazardous waste department for disposing of the batteries. Depending on the county, they may have specific curbside hazardous waste pick up days or specific locations to collect the hazardous waste.

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