Batteries (All Types)
Don’t throw batteries away! Recycle them.
Batteries used in laptops, vehicles, cell phones and other portable electronics represent a significant recycling challenge. The EPA estimates that over three billion batteries are purchased in the United States each year.
Batteries contain heavy metals and other elements which can pose a threat to the environment. When disposed of improperly, the hazardous materials in batteries can:
For a small fee per pound, EcoLights will accept any battery for recycling and safe disposal, including:
If you have special or large-quantity battery recycling needs, we’ll work with you to
Starting January 1, 2013, it will be illegal for businesses and residents to throw mercury-containing lights in the trash. EcoLights has the information on the law and what it means for you.
All fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) contain small amounts of mercury. Nationwide, only about 25% of the 680 million lights discarded each year are recycled. The remainder is disposed of in solid waste landfills and incinerators. In Washington this represents over 15 million lamps per year.