Little Thing #32: Use rechargeable batteries.

With repeated use, rechargeable batteries have been found to be more efficient than their alkaline counterparts. Rechargeable batteries are commonly reliable after 500-800 charges, making them incredibly versatile in their household use. 

There is one thing to note, though. Some devices or situations do still call for alkaline batteries due to the extended shelf life (about a decade). Considering keeping some disposable batteries on hand for low-power devices, smoke detectors, and for emergencies or power outages.  

Keep in mind that all batteries, rechargeable or disposable, need to be safely recycled. Lucky for you, Otsego County’s Household Hazardous Waste Day is fast approaching! On August 21st, join us at the meadows to recycle your old batteries! Otesgo County Household Hazardous Waste Day Event 2021.  

Refer to the tables below for the schedule, AND which types of batteries will be accepted 

SATURDAY: Arrive According to Last NameBatteries Accepted
A-H 8:00am – 9:30amAlkaline/Zinc, Nickel Iron (wet), Nickel Metal Hydride (dry/wet)
I-Q 9:30am – 11:30amLithium Primary, Lithium Ion, Silver Oxide, Lead Acid
R-Z 11:30am – 1:00pmNi-Cad (dry/wet), Mercury, Button Cells

Volunteer with us to join in on the fun! 
Household Hazardous Waste Day Volunteers Needed – OCCA – Otsego County Conservation Association ( 

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