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Old 05-30-2006, 01:07 PM   #1
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Default How you dispose your old batteries/ batery packs

After using batteries for a long time, they tend to lost capacity adn increase in resistant, by replace them with new. old batteries/ pacls would be toss away.

howeverm batteries are item contain dangerous chemical that should be send back for "recycle" instead of random disposal. Where do people sent in their batteries, battery packs (sub-C, C cell, AAA, AA....) ?

I live in U.S.
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Old 05-30-2006, 01:21 PM   #2
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You can take them to your local Radio Shack or Home Depot and they will have a box for recycled batteries. I've taken hundreds of cells to them. You get some funny looks as your dumping them in the box if you have as many as I did last time, but none the less your doing something good for the environment.....
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You give them to younger racers or sell them on ebay. J/k.
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You should definately recycle your batteries. They can recover a lot of the metals and chemicals from inside your batteries to make new products.

Go to http://www.rbrc.org/ to find a recycling center near you. They'll have a drop box setup. You can also talk to your hobby shop about this, I beleive that this is free for businesses to setup a drop box - so you can at least suggest they check into it!
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You can drop them off at a Batteries Plus store if there's one in your area. To find out, just search your zip @ www.batteriesplus.com

Oh, FYI- alkaline batteries and almost all disposables don't affect the environment and can be thrown into the trash. The main ones to worry about are rechargables.
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I usually sell them before they reach that point so I don't have to worry about it.
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You give them to younger racers or sell them on ebay. J/k.
correct!! give your junk to someone else!!
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You give them to younger racers or sell them on ebay. J/k.

Ditto
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I heard that you could take them to gas stations and they could take care of them there, too. I took a few packs to a Marathon station and asked if they recycled batteries, and the dumbshit behind the counter just looked at me all cockey and said "dude just throw them in the trash", to which I replied, "... and that's why you'll be working here for a very, very long time."
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Batteries Plus or Radio Shack is where I've taken mine.

Theres bound to be one of those near just about everybody.
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I take any battery pack... you never know when it can go to good use... my friends regularly bring me packs that are almost dead... I use them to at least warm up my tyres on the track...
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Every Best Buy has a recycle box at the front door for rechargeable battery returns. However, I've often wondered if they might have a problem with a side by side pack - the boxes are meant for typical sealed nicads/nimh, where you couldn't short contacts together. If you have ever accidently shorted a side by side with a metal screwdriver, you know much heat these can generate in mere seconds (yes, I have the burn mark of a hex wrench to prove it) - even if they don't have much of a charge in them. Best Buy + RC battery = Fire?? When I dump my packs in the box I make sure to run a wrap of electrical tape around the pack to cover the cell ends to prevent a short circuit mishap.

Every RC line hobby store should have a green recycle box - Nicads are mandatory recycling (cadnium health hazard), whereas NiMh are not, but still should be recycled.
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Every Best Buy has a recycle box at the front door for rechargeable battery returns. However, I've often wondered if they might have a problem with a side by side pack - the boxes are meant for typical sealed nicads/nimh, where you couldn't short contacts together. If you have ever accidently shorted a side by side with a metal screwdriver, you know much heat these can generate in mere seconds (yes, I have the burn mark of a hex wrench to prove it) - even if they don't have much of a charge in them. Best Buy + RC battery = Fire?? When I dump my packs in the box I make sure to run a wrap of electrical tape around the pack to cover the cell ends to prevent a short circuit mishap.

Every RC line hobby store should have a green recycle box - Nicads are mandatory recycling (cadnium health hazard), whereas NiMh are not, but still should be recycled.
Dave, I think that RBRC has new boxes that have a battery bag dispenser on them. I've seen them before at least. Otherwise either putting tape on them, or putting them in a sandwich bag is fine from what I have read.

Does Trackside have a battery box? I don't think I've ever seen one.
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TSR6 - last one I saw at Trackside was quite some time ago - definitely when he was at the GB Ave location, don't recall one since then. I will mention it to him.
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