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If batteries are not recycled, these metals can pollute the environment.
Depending on how batteries are discarded, the metals can be released into the air or remain behind in the ash created by incineration.
Batteries that are disposed of in landfills can leach into the soil, contaminating groundwater supplies. This is especially true of automotive batteries, which contain lead and acid.
Instead consumers are encouraged to separate batteries from the regular household trash and find a proper place to dispose of the batteries.
Rechargeable batteries have reduced the amount of batteries that need to be recycled. But even so, the majority of batteries are single-use.
Batteries can be divided into two broad categories: dry-cell and wet-cell batteries.
The dry-cell type is used in most consumer electronics, and includes alkaline and carbon zinc batteries (namely 9-volt, D, C, AA and AAA) and lithium batteries (comprised of 9-volt, C, AA, button and rechargeable versions).
Wet-cell batteries are typically found in cars, boats and motorcycles.
Both types of batteries can be recycled.
A special note about alkaline batteries: These batteries, which are used in some of the most common consumer electronic products, are considered non-hazardous and many municipalities say residents can safely dispose of them with the rest of the household trash. However, these batteries do contain items that if recycled, could be reused.