Some rechargeable batteries can be recycled, but they must be taken to a special pace. Newer batteries are thought to possess very little mercury and are therefore not a hazard, so it’s ok to throw them away. However older batteries, made before 1997 should ALWAYS be taken to a hazardous waste facility because they contain 10 times the amount of mercury. The first link will tell you where to take your rechargeable batteries. The second has more info about disposal of other batteries.
Do you know why rechargeable batteries can’t be recycled? Do they have different chemicals in them?
They can be, you just need to take them to a company that will reuse them and refab them. Rechargeable batteries include phone and cell batteries too. Read more on this here: http://www.call2recycle.org/home.php?c=1&w=1&r=Y
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