From cellphones, MP3 players and watches, to laptops, power tools and game boys, batteries are a fixture of everyday life. But whether they’re single-use or rechargeable, your batteries have a shelf life. The good news? Virtually all batteries are recyclable – and recyclers can recover valuable metals. So what can you do to make sure your batteries get a second life?

Don’t toss them in the garbage. Return your batteries to your local Municipal Recycling Facility or to a collection event near you. Hundreds of retailers also act as “Drop Zones” as part of the Orange Drop program, so battery recycling often involves no more than a quick trip to your local mall. Save them up and when you get a batch, Make the Drop! 

What's included? 

Orange Drop covers all common rechargeable household batteries (and battery chemistries, e.g., alkaline manganese, nickel cadmium, lithium ion and silver oxide button cell batteries) that weigh less than 5 kg.  This includes batteries used for flashlights, toys, smoke detectors, radios, phones, emergency kits and outdoor lighting, as well as those embedded in other products, such as cellphones, portable computers, greeting cards and cordless power tools.
Rechargeable batteries are batteries which can be restored to a full charge through the application of electrical energy. Rechargeable batteries work best for most high-use, high-tech devices, like digital cameras. And because they can, by definition, be recharged again and again, they’re quickly becoming the battery of choice for most applications. But even rechargeables have a finite lifespan and eventually run out of power.
Did You Know? You can prolong the life of your portable power.  Checking the health or charge of your batteries is a good first step. Just because your device takes more than one battery doesn’t mean that all batteries will die at once. When you can, only replace the battery that’s lost its charge.
When it comes to rechargeable batteries, more isn’t better and topping up an already-charged battery will only reduce its lifespan. In most cases, manufacturers advise you to fully charge and discharge your batteries. They also provide tips on how to maximize battery life in their product manuals and on their websites – Apple, for example, has posted separate pages for its notebooks, iPod and iPhones. To save power on laptops, for example, you can reduce the speed of your processor, adjust the brightness of your screen, turn off your wireless, quit applications and remove CD-ROMs, zip drives, PC cards and other peripherals that draw power even when they’re not in use.

It's time to Make the Drop – Orange Drop!

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