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I think we can all agree that once a battery has no more juice in it, we’re done with it. No love lost; now it’s just a matter of what to do with your dead ones: do you let them pile up, or toss them immediately? FYI: It’s actually illegal in California to put batteries in the trash.

For years I’ve taken the Ziploc Battery Baggy approach handed down to me from my mother (because it’s important to keep tradition, right?).

The Traditional Ziploc Battery Baggy Approach:

I keep a gallon-sized Ziploc labeled “used” in my miscellaneous stuff drawer in the kitchen. Theoretically, at some point, I do the environmentally responsible thing and hand them off to an e-waste center. In actuality, when the bag is full, I start another one. Confession: so does my mom.

Stumbling upon my bag-and-a-half of used batteries the other day, I decided it was finally time to complete the circle and recycle those bad boys. I welcome you to let this post be your motivation to get rid of your used batteries #YouCanThankMeLater.

Unfortunately, finding a place in your area that takes used batteries requires a little brain power & Googling.

Here are some things to know:

  • Rechargeable Batteries: (like those found in power tools. These actually do go bad at a certain point–think of your laptop battery) can be recycled at Home Depot & Staples nationally. Yay! Easy.
  • Single-Use Batteries: (AAA, AA, C, D, yadda yadda) must be taken to your local e-waste center.

Here’s how to locate E-Waste Centers in California

Given I have to physically get in my car and drive to the E-Waste Center in order to get rid of my used batteries, I’m going to stick with the Ziploc Battery Baggy, but make it a habit to recycle once the FIRST bag is full.

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