No batteries to the landfill!
Recycle used single-use batteries at one of several locations
Today’s single-use batteries contain much less mercury than they did in days past, but still contain traces of the toxic element. Therefore, it is wise to recycle them rather than toss them in the trash. (Batteries made before 1997 contain up to 10 times the amount of mercury as modern batteries and should always be recycled.)
Locally, everyday batteries such as the AAs in your MP3 player can be turned in to the Butte Regional Household Hazardous Waste Facility (1101 Marauder St., 1-866-429-2288), or at battery specialty stores like Batteries Plus (2500 Zanella Way, 891-5690). Additionally, many mail-in programs (i.e., Battery Solutions at www.batteryrecycling.com) are available.