Importance of using and recycling rechargeable batteries emphasized
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With Earth Day approaching, many consumers also want to do what they can to help the environment without breaking the bank. This proves to be a challenge with costs on the rise nearly everywhere; luckily, Rayovac rechargeable batteries help the consumer save green by being green.
Lifetime Value With Less Waste
Rayovac rechargeable batteries are a great value for high drain devices used every day, such as a wireless computer mouse, video game controllers and digital cameras. While the cost of rechargeable batteries is greater upfront, the value is evident even as soon as a year after the initial purchase. Investing in a 4-pack of rechargeable batteries and a charger costs around $30, but even if recharged once a week, their average lifespan lasts between 500 and 800 charge cycle.
The added benefit on top of saving you money is saving the environment by throwing away less waste. The EPA estimates that more than 2.5 billion alkaline batteries – in addition to the packaging that contains them – are thrown away each year in the United States. Buying rechargeable batteries means fewer batteries purchased and less waste deposited in landfills.
Once the rechargeable batteries run out of power entirely, Rayovac strongly recommends recycling them. While disposal regulations vary between states, the EPA suggests that rechargeable batteries be recycled when possible due to their heavy metal content and ability to be broken down and remade into working batteries. This includes rechargeable batteries made from Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium Ion (Li-ion), and Small Sealed Lead (Pb).
Contact your local government first to find out if a drop-off location exists near you. In addition, a battery retailer near you, such as Batteries Plus, may collect rechargeable batteries for recycling. If not, hold onto your used batteries until a household hazardous waste collection event is held and drop them off there. For more information about recycling and disposing of batteries, visit http://www.epa.gov.
Celebrate Earth Outdoors
In celebration of Earth Day, Rayovac is giving its Facebook fans a chance to win a free camping trip at any KOA campgrounds this summer, along with a six-person tent and Rayovac goodies! Simply visit Rayovac’s Facebook page before April 30 to enter in the contest.