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TM reader Ken writes: “I don’t understand the recycle bins for cordless tools.  The stores seem to be indifferent about sending them to the proper disposal companies.  I’ve heard many horror stories about various stores just throwing the batteries out in the garbage.”

I’ve had a little experience with cell phone companies’ attempts to recycle batteries, and I understand that many of them do a good job of it — but I’m sad to say I know very little about tool companies’ recycling programs.  In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever seen one of the bins.

Have any of you had experiences with these bins and the businesses’ practices regarding them?  If so, let us know in comments.


5 Responses to Reader Question: Where Do Recycled Cordless Tools Go?

  1. William says:

    All I know is that Radio Shack will take batteries, and type. Maybe they just throw them away but I like to think the bags of batteries I take in get recycled.

  2. ambush27 says:

    In Edmonton we have hazardous waste disposal service. They take things like battery’s paint and scrap metal for free, and things like sofa’s for cheap(well cheaper than it would cost to haul it to the city dump)

  3. Fong says:

    There are hazardous waste disposal sites here in Southern California too. The only problems are 1) it’s hidden so you wouldn’t see it unless you knew where to look. 2) It’s not advertised in any local shop that sells products that’ll eventuall be recycled (uh hem, Big Boxes).

    For those of you in Orange County, CA: http://www.oclandfills.com/faq.asp

  4. SlowJoeCrow says:

    When I worked in a Makita Factory Service Center in the early 90s we used to box up our old batteries and ship them to a recycler who actually paid us for the metal. We also used to sell our aluminum and copper scrap to buy scones to go with our coffee :).

  5. Ben says:

    We’ve got these boxes at Tool King’s retail showroom. Ours are provided by a company called RBRC (http://www.rbrc.org/call2recycle/index.html). The boxes all have a prepaid UPS shipping label on them. Customers deposit their batteries in the box and when they are full, we just tape it together and UPS picks them up. RBRC then handles the rest of the process and handles proper disposal/recycling of the battery parts. If you go to their website, there is a dropoff location locator that will tell you the names of stores near you that participate in the program.

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