Technically, yes – rechargeable batteries have a longer life span than regular batteries and thus lower the amount of batteries entering the waste stream. However, rechargeable batteries use energy resources when recharging, and they must be recycled properly to avoid increasing the amount of heavy metals (i.e., nickel-cadmiumand) in the waste stream.
Yes, rechargeable batters are better for the environment. They use roughly the same amount of materials as disposable batteries, and they are reusable so they are less likely to be thrown out. They do contain more toxic metals than most disposable batteries, but since far less get thrown out, it is not as big of a deal. Overall, using rechargeable batteries uses less resources and puts less waste in landfills.
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