Recycling Hazardous Materials Responsibly

Plenty of homes have cans of leftover paint, unwanted bottles of pesticide and even old knives hanging around simply because no one knows how to dispose of them safely. Finally, we've got the expert answers on how to get rid of everything from light bulbs to pain meds in the most eco-friendly way possible (12 Photos)

Sadia Latifi on Jan 1, 2013 at 12:10PM

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Recycling Hazardous Materials Responsibly

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Treat Batteries Based on Their Type

Americans throw out almost 180,000 tons of batteries each year, according to Earth911, a nonprofit recycling organization. About 14,000 of these are rechargeable batteries, which save waste and can be safely recycled. Check out Call2Recycle, the only free rechargeable battery and cell phone collection program in North America. Since 1996, the group has diverted more than 70 million pounds of rechargeable batteries from the solid waste stream. As for single-use batteries, they should be dropped off at a household hazardous waste (HHW) facility, or you can participate in the mail-in and take-back programs found here.

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