Did you know that batteries should be recycled and not thrown away in the trash? Here in California it is illegal to throw batteries away as they can contain toxic metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, and nickel. Do you know what the law is in your state?
If you have kids, who play video games especially, hand controllers go through batteries so often it’s crazy. Or maybe that’s just in our house. I would often find old batteries on the carpet, under furniture, in the folds of the couch and thrown into the drawer where the new batteries are located and I would never know if they were new or old batteries in there.
So I made this:
This battery recycling container sits on the counter right above the drawer that contains the new batteries. Now as the kids are getting batteries for remote controls, their book lights and video game controllers they can put the used batteries into the container to be recycled.
What you need:
- Container – an old wipes container is perfect
- Photo paper or card stock
- Free printable (below)
Note: I used an old Zep carpet cleaner wipes container which is slightly larger than a regular hand wipes container so I’ve created a printable label in two sizes.
You can download the printables here:
Remove the existing label from your wipes container if you are able to.
Download and print the free printable above.
And adhere it to the container using glue.
Once your container is full turn the batteries in for recycling. Here are a few options available to you; there are drop-off locations and mail-in options available across the country: