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 single-use 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.

Today, with the growing focus on “going green,” you might think that rechargeable batteries are the way to go. But that’s not always the case. Single-use batteries are best for low-maintenance devices, like your television remote control, which could last for years on a single battery – and save your pocketbook. In other cases, as with many smoke detectors, rechargeables wear out or self-discharge, so single-use is the battery for the job.

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.

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

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