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Use Rechargeable Batteries

Using rechargeable batteries instead of single-use or alkaline batteries is good for your wallet and the environment.

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Instead of buying the average, single-use, alkaline batteries, opt for rechargeable batteries. They are more expensive up front, but they will save you hundreds of dollars in the long run, and save hundreds of batteries – along with their paper and plastic packaging – from going into the trash. Furthermore, properly recycled rechargeable batteries will keep many toxic substances out of your environment.

There are many kinds of rechargeable batteries, but nickel-metal-hydride (NiMH) are the best you can get from several standpoints, including performance, cost, and low toxicity for the environment. Just remember to buy a charger, too. Also remember to recycle all batteries (NOT in your regular recycling – at stores or by mailing them in) when you are done with them.


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1. US Environmental Protection Agency. “Batteries” [20 Dec 2007]. Available from: [8 July 2008]. 
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