We use rechargeable batteries in phones, laptops, tablets, ipods, etc., and they work well and have a long lifespan. Why then, do most of us continue to buy disposable batteries for household use (AAA, AA C, D and 9 volt)? The answer is that many of us have tried rechargeables and found them to be less powerful, and they discharge quickly so they are not ready when needed.
Great news, fellow Citizens of the Earth:
The newest rechargeable batteries resolve all of these issues and last for thousands of charges. Just choose the rechargeables that come pre-charged ready to use, to ensure you are buying the new technology.
Battery companies are not promoting this because they earn a lot more from disposable batteries.
By using rechargeable batteries, you will reduce numerous toxins including mercury from entering the waste stream.
Be sure to include rechargeables as necessary with all of your holiday gifts, and they make a great gift by themselves! Remember to ensure they come pre-charged when you buy them to avoid the older, inferior technology.
While we are on the subject, please note that the Millburn DPW yard accepts all types of batteries for proper recycling (drop off only, no curbside pick up), including household batteries, auto batteries, rechargeables and 'button' batteries used in car key fobs, hearing aids etc. Button batteries contain high levels of mercury so be sure to inquire when having one changed by a jeweler, for example, whether the store recycles them. If the answer is 'no,' I suggest taking your business elsewhere and telling them why. Then take the spent battery with you and dispose of it properly.