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Get a charge from recycling batteries

If your remote control stops working, you may be tempted to toss those triple-A's in the trash. You're probably not the only one. Those batteries add up to a lot of wasted space in the landfill and a lot of metal wasted, too.

"If people have them sitting in their garage bring it in. We'll take it off of your hands," says Randell Jennings, Manager of Batteries Plus in Myrtle Beach.

If large batteries such as car or motorcycle batteries aren't recycled, harmful chemicals are released into the air.

"The nickel metals, lithium alloys those are the worst ones to throw away and we can recycle those," says Jennings.

Batteries Plus takes old batteries off your hands and ships them off to a plant where they are recycled. The battery material is melted down and more than 95 percent of it is reused to make new batteries.

"We recycle your car batteries, even the batteries in your alarm systems," Jennings says.

Nowadays more and more people purchase rechargeable batteries. In fact, one in five batteries is now rechargeable.

"Anytime you use a rechargeable battery it will last 400-500 times longer than a regular double-A or triple-A. The rechargeable ones get reused, the other gets thrown in the landfill," he says.

You can even charge your batteries and analyze the condition of them at the same time with a smart charger. It helps separate the good batteries from the bad.

"Your expense is upfront, but your savings is down the road," says Jennings

Jennings says to beware of battery saving myths such as changing only one out of the two batteries in a device.

"You need to take a fresh set because if you put a weaker one in it actually destroys the other battery. It makes them weak, too," he says.

Whether you switch to rechargeable or recycle old batteries you are doing your part to help the environment immediately.

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