FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    • No. Never mix battery types—such as include alkaline, heavy duty, and rechargeable—in a single device. Battery leakage may occur.

    • No. Never mix old and new batteries in a single device—battery leakage may occur. Replace all batteries in a device at the same time.

    • Do NOT put loose batteries in your pocket. Batteries should be stored in a cool, dry location. Avoid temperature extremes. Keep batteries in original package until you are ready to use them.

    • Batteries can't deliver much power when they are cold. You may find that the flashlight kept in your car in the middle of winter casts a faint beam. Let the batteries warm up to normal temperature, and try them again before you decide to replace the batteries.

    • No. Batteries should be removed from any device that will be stored for long periods of time.

    • Alkaline batteries can be safely disposed of with normal household waste, since the Mercury-Containing and Rechargeable Battery Management Act passed in 1996 that phased out the use of mercury in alkaline batteries. That means they aren't nearly so toxic when disposed in landfills. Never dispose of batteries in fire, as this could cause an explosion.

    • No. Household batteries (RAYOVAC® FUSION™, HIGH ENERGY™, Zinc Carbon batteries and rechargeable batteries such as RAYOVAC®'s Recharge and Recharge Plus (NiMH), and fully drained lithium primary batteries) are not hazardous waste. They are qualified as non-hazardous after having undergone government required testing.

      Certain others, such as lead acid rechargeables and Nickel-Cadmium (NiCd) batteries, are required by regulation to be recycled. If you throw them away then they are a hazardous waste. Recycling logos on these products contain the information you need for finding your recycling outlets.

      For specific chemical and technical information check out our Safety Data Sheets.

      Additional Information

      All Alkaline, Rechargeable Alkaline, Rechargeable Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH), Zinc Carbon, and drained lithium primary batteries made by RAYOVAC® are not a USEPA hazardous waste. Zinc Air and Silver Oxide in typical consumer quantities are not USEPA hazardous waste (see below for information pertaining to industrial large quantity generators). Our Material Safety Data Sheets note that non-hazardous wastes are suitable for ordinary disposal methods, providing that there is not some other applicable state or local regulation which directs otherwise. Please view the MSDS pertaining to your particular battery type to find proper disposal methods - Safety Data Sheets.

      From time to time some states, counties, or local governments enact regulations naming a specific compound or element hazardous. In effect, this makes many of the consumer products that contain that material potentially covered by the rules. In other cases, "batteries" is used generically when the rule is targeted toward automotive lead acid batteries. In these cases, it takes time to correct the regulatory language. In other cases, the household batteries we produce may be undesirable for the type of waste management chosen by a city or municipality such as when composting or waste-to-energy incineration is used. Those rules do not make the household battery waste hazardous; they just require different management, often making that management more difficult or costly.

      Part II :

      There are some batteries, such as Nickel-Cadmium (NiCd), which are Universal Waste (the term "universal waste" is potentially applicable to waste batteries only if they are considered "hazardous"). Collection of Nickel-Cadmium batteries is required by law. They are not classified as EPA hazardous waste as long as their destination is recycling. For specific information about environmental legislation relating to batteries, please visit NEMA's web site, the EPA, search the US Code of Federal Regulations, in Europe search EUR-LEX, or contact an appropriate government agency. Other types of commonly used batteries, such as silver oxide batteries, are not regulated for the general consumer but may be regulated for the industrial user. Industrial users who may generate over 100 Kilograms per month of certain regulated hazardous wastes or over 1000 kilograms of any type of hazardous waste may need to treat their waste silver oxide batteries as hazardous waste. Silver oxide batteries contain precious metals that may be recycled. For a list of potential recyclers go to www.nema.org. Many retailers who replace watch batteries as a customer service will also take small quantities of silver oxide batteries from the consumer for recycling.

    • You can find a list of recycling firms that may be able to process waste batteries at the National Electrical Manufacturers Association web site, www.nema.org.. These firms generally charge fees and may require pre-sorting of various batteries. Mixtures of waste batteries will require special packaging and transportation. For details contact the recycling firm of your choice.

      Neither NEMA or RAYOVAC® guarantee the list includes all potential recycling firms. The list does not constitute a recommendation regarding listed firms.

    • We do not take them back. However, RAYOVAC® does fund the RBRC, a take back program for rechargeable batteries.

      Additional Information:

      RAYOVAC® policy does not allow the return of batteries from consumers and other accounts for several reasons:

      • There is no systematic collection scheme nation-wide handling all batteries, and no method for sorting when collections have occurred.
      • Collection and transportation back to RAYOVAC® facilities would result in a net negative effect on the environment, (fuel use, recoverable material, and safety concerns).
      • Alkaline, Zinc Chloride (Heavy Duty & General Purpose), Rechargeable Alkaline, Rechargeable Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH), Zinc Air, Silver Oxide, and drained lithium primary batteries are clearly not a hazardous waste as confirmed by EPA methods of testing.
      • Current recycling efforts rely on the customer to sort, ship, and in some cases (such as large volume generators such as RAYOVAC®) pay the cost of recycling. The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Company (RBRC), funded in part by RAYOVAC®, offers free recycling of some battery types, visit them at www.call2recycle.org for more information. However; for other battery types current sorting and recovery technology makes it unfeasible for potential recyclers to set up a process due to cost, limited usefulness of recovered materials, and small volumes. Independent studies have shown that there is a net negative environmental effect of recycling due to collection, transportation, sorting and handling these products.

      For more information on battery waste issues, please visit NEMA's website.