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Energy Conservation Subcommittee Shares Powerful Tips on Battery Use

Batteries, both the kind that you toss after one use and the kind you can recharge and reuse, have become everyday essential tools. With all this consumption comes a great deal of waste. Which portable power is best? Read on.

Single-use batteries are less expensive, but are considered more wasteful because such a large quantity are used. Rechargebles are thought to save money over the life of each battery, even though they are initially more expensive. They also contain a great deal of heavy metals, which could lead to more contamination if not recycled. The more harmful the metal, the more likely you’ll be able to find a recycler because of state and federal laws. Call2Recycle is the only free rechargeable battery and cellphone collection program in North America, partnering with retailers for mail-in programs. All of the materials collected through the Call2Recycle program are recycled and used to create other types of materials, including new batteries and scrap metal.

“When choosing between single-use and rechargeable batteries, you should consider the value and expected life of the product the batteries will power,” according to Carl Smith, president and CEO of Call2Recycle. Higher-tech tools such as digital cameras and cellphones need rechargeable; remote controls and smoke detectors, single use.

These tips come from Earth911.com via Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Energy Conservation Subcommittee.