Battery Disposal or Recycle?
Batteries that contain mercury should be recycled responsibly. Lithium batteries, those small, round ones used for hearing aids, watches, and car key fobs, are toxic; do not throw them in the trash. Instead, bring them to UUCOV on Sundays. On the Welcome table, near the headphones, is a round container in which to deposit them for recycling. Mercury-free batteries CAN be disposed of in household waste; if you aren’t sure whether your hearing aid batteries are mercury-free, check the packaging. If the battery package does not say “mercury-free” assume it is not safe to toss and bring it to UUCOV for safe disposal. Today’s common household batteries: AAs, AAAs, Cs, Ds and 9-volts: are not thought to pose as great a threat to properly equipped modern landfills as they used to because they contain much less mercury than their predecessors. As a result, most municipalities now recommend simply throwing such batteries away with your trash. Nevertheless, they still do contain trace amounts of mercury and other potentially toxic stuff, so as an environmentally concerned consumer. you might feel better recycling them, too.
BTW, car batteries are recyclable and, in fact, are quite valuable. Auto part stores will gladly take them back, as will many residential waste transfer stations.