Resource Saver: Rechargeable
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Every year 15 billion batteries are sold worldwide. Though batteries make up less than one percent of the municipal solid waste stream, conventional disposable batteries account for a disproportionate amount of toxic heavy metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, and nickel. These materials have devastating toxic effects on the environment when released through incineration or landfill seepage.
Rechargeable batteries reduce waste but still perform as well as conventional batteries.
The best purchasing practice is to purchase batteries that are rechargeable and made from Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) or Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) instead of heavy toxic metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, and nickel.