An Overview of Where to Recycle Batteries in the Area

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Batteries of all forms can be a difficult item to dispose of properly. Which can be a discouraging prospect but there are a variety of facilities operating locally that are able to recycle batteries for you. 

Depending on your specific needs there are several processing plants that offer services. Some offer free recycling while others charge a nominal fee based upon the order you need processed. Other recycling centers merely charge you a fee to ship your batteries to their facility. Another factor that may affect the cost of processing is the type of battery that you would like to recycle; automotive batteries for instances are extremely easy to dispose of properly because most automotive centers will accept them free of charge. Whereas other types of batteries require more particular treatment to be recycled properly.

Batteries Unlimited of Michigan, Inc. is one resource that operates locally that will take in all varieties of batteries. One draw back to their service is the fact that you will have to bring in the batteries yourself, at the moment they do not offer a pick up service. However, they will recycle most batteries free of charge.

Comprenew is another prominent figure in the local recycling community that specializes in various forms of electronics recycling services including;

  • Batteries (Alkaline, Lithium, Lithium-Ion, Ni-Cad, Nickel Metal Hydride, Zinc Oxide, Mercury Lead Acid, Etc.)
  • Copiers
  • Cellular telephones
  • DVD players and VCRs
  • Fax machines
  • Gaming systems
  • GPS Units
  • iPods, MP3 players
  • Ink and toner cartridges
  • Microwaves
  • Medical Equipment (non-hazardous)
  • Power tools (electric only)
  • Projectors
  • Radios, stereos and CD players
  • Telephone Systems, answering machines
  • Televisions (Intact, complete TV sets only)

Comprenew is a is a certified R2:2008 recycler, which ensures that they will dispose of your batteries and other materials in the most environmentally sound manner possible.  The prices of their services range depending on the job, but 100% of proceeds generated go toward community service programs that focus on education and environmental initiatives.

Tree Huggers is another facility that offers a wide range of recycling services in the area. Tree Huggers has two locations one in Grand Rapids and another in Holland. Currently they only handle dry cell and reusable batteries as far as batteries are concerned. However, services are extremely affordable with prices ranging from $ 2.00 for a standard wastebasket full of recyclables or $5.00 a month for unlimited recycling.

For more information about recycling options in the area check out these links:

http://www.woodlawncrc.org/downloads/RecyclePlacesGrandRapidsAndArea.pdf

http://www.batteriesunlimitedmi.com/

http://thewmeacblog.org/2011/02/07/recycling-the-what-where-and-how/

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