October 29, 2009

Recycle batteries?

A few weeks ago we needed the big flashlight we keep handy for when the power goes out and, sure enough, the batteries were dead.
After a quick trip to Foley’s  we were now ready if another Nor’easter comes rolling through town, but what to do with the four D batteries cluttering our countertop?

As a graduate of the Master Composter & Recycler Program, I remembered that Westchester County accepts batteries at its Household Recycling Day events. (The next is Nov. 6 and 7 at Rye Playland). Do I need to hold on to them until then?

Then today’s email from thedailygreen gave me the answer. The alkaline batteries from the flashlight – as well as my digital camera and other household electronics – can actually be tossed with the garbage.

That’s great, but my research has raised yet more questions. Why buy disposable batteries when rechargeable batteries are available?

If you’re looking for guidance, here’s an interesting site.


  1. Hi Emily,

    I am the Larchmont editor of a hyper-local news Web site called Patch and would like to know if you'd be interested in writing for us on a freelance basis (about gardening, composting, etc.). The Larchmont site has not launched yet (it probably will around mid-December), but you can get an idea of what we do by browsing through the South Orange site (your parents' town, I've realized), www.southorange.patch.com. If this sounds like something you'd be interested in, please send me an e-mail with your info at sandra@patch.com and I will be in touch.

    Thank you!

  2. beware of 20-something poaching 'editors' :)
    -your friends at theLoop