Two AA pencil batteries

Non-Rechargeable Battery

A, AA, AAA, C, D, 6V, 9V, Alkaline/carbon based batteries

There are two types of batteries - primary (disposable) and secondary (rechargeable).  Primary batteries are designed to be used once and discarded when they are exhausted.  Secondary batteries are designed to be recharged and used multiple times.  

Did you know ... Batteries can potentially pollute lakes and streams if burned, and can leak heavy metals into the soil. 

Reduce

You can reduce the need for non-rechargeable batteries.  Rechargeable batteries can be purchased for use in most appliances i.e. digital cameras, torches, remote controls etc.  Before you purchase an electrical device, research what type of batteries it takes and whether they are recyclable.

Solar powered technology is advancing and solar powered products are becoming more widely available i.e. solar powered backpack that charges your mobile phone, laptop and MP3 player is already available.

Disposal

Non-rechargeable batteries are not recyclabled.  If you cannot reduce them, the next best practical option is disposal to the regional landfill through your local rubbish collection service.  The regional landfill has been built to a high environmental design standard making the risk of leaching signicantly lower than your own farm or home landfill.