We do not take them back. However, RAYOVAC® does fund the RBRC, a take back program for rechargeable batteries.
RAYOVAC® policy does not allow the return of batteries from consumers and other accounts for several reasons:
- There is no systematic collection scheme nation-wide handling all batteries, and no method for sorting when collections have occurred.
- Collection and transportation back to RAYOVAC® facilities would result in a net negative effect on the environment, (fuel use, recoverable material, and safety concerns).
- Alkaline, Zinc Chloride (Heavy Duty & General Purpose), Rechargeable Alkaline, Rechargeable Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH), Zinc Air, Silver Oxide, and drained lithium primary batteries are clearly not a hazardous waste as confirmed by EPA methods of testing.
- Current recycling efforts rely on the customer to sort, ship, and in some cases (such as large volume generators such as RAYOVAC®) pay the cost of recycling. The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Company (RBRC), funded in part by RAYOVAC®, offers free recycling of some battery types, visit them at www.call2recycle.org for more information. However; for other battery types current sorting and recovery technology makes it unfeasible for potential recyclers to set up a process due to cost, limited usefulness of recovered materials, and small volumes. Independent studies have shown that there is a net negative environmental effect of recycling due to collection, transportation, sorting and handling these products.
For more information on battery waste issues, please visit NEMA's website.