*Common household batteries without mercury can go into the trash*
ALSO…Batteries & Bulbs on rt 114 West before Wal-mart will recycle batteries for a small cost per pound. They will take any size household batteries in addition to cell phone and computer batteries. Follow this web address for more info: http://www.batteriesplus.com/t-batteries-plus-recycles.aspx
Be Safe – take the following safety precautions when you store batteries: Use electrical tape to tape across the positive & negative terminals. They are particularly dangerously close together in 9 volt batteries. If any metal or another battery accidentally touch another 9 volt’s terminals they might get shorted and this can start a fire! Watch this video for more info. UPDATE: This applies to ALL batteries, new or used. Be safe and tape all loose batteries.
Batteries with mercury:
- Contain hazardous materials – see mass.gov for more information on how to dispose properly
- Target – Battery Recycling (Bin at front of Store) 227 Highland Ave., Salem, MA 01970 – 978-224-4000
- Staples – Recycle any type of batteries in the battery recycling bin near the door 17 Paradise Ave., Salem, MA 01970 – 978-741-4244
- Lowe’s – Part of the Call2Recycle program. Visit website for further details.
- Bring used car batteries to AutoZone for free. Visit their website or go to the nearest location at 292 Canal St. Salem, MA 01970
Proper Disposal of Hearing Aid Batteries
- The disposal of hearing aid batteries depends on the battery and if it contains mercury. Mercury-free battery options CAN be disposed in household waste. To determine if your hearing aid batteries are mercury-free refer to the packaging. If the battery package does not say “mercury-free” assume it is not safe to toss. Batteries that contain mercury should be recycled responsibility via a recycling center that accepts batteries with mercury.
- One example of a brand that uses mercury in some of their products is PowerOne. PowerOne sells both mercury-free and mercury-containing batteries. Although they are a German company they do sell their batteries to US vendors, typically audiology offices. Should you need a mercury-containing battery ask your audiologist to obtain this for you.
- It is common for audiologists to carry both mercury-free and mercury-containing batteries since some hearing aids do not operate well on mercury-free batteries. Hearing aids can be sensitive to varying voltage readings. A perfectly good mercury-free battery may be read by the hearing aid as having a low voltage and cause the hearing aid to emit false “low battery” warnings or the hearing aid may shut itself down when battery levels briefly drop. This stems from mercury-free batteries having overall less stable voltage patterns. Battery manufactures are improving their batteries every year to deal with these issues and hearing aid manufacturers are also changing how hearing aids monitor battery levels. However, there are many hearing aid users which find, for now at least, that mercury-containing batteries are a necessity.
- Hearing aids that are more likely to need mercury-containing batteries include high power hearing aids, hearing aids that take size 10 batteries, and earlier digital models.