My in-laws just picked up a new Fisher-Price toy for Tyler that included an insert for recycling button cell batteries. I couldn’t help wondering about the purpose of the insert – after all, I’d never seen one encouraging me to recycle alkaline batteries used in toys. It turns out that button cell batteries contain mercury, which can be poisonous.
- Type your zip/postal code in the upper left hand box.
- Click GO.
- Click on HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE under the heading LOCAL SERVICES.
- Click on MERCURY CONTAINING ITEMS, located in the first column of the Household Hazardous Waste box in the middle of the page.
- Locate the nearest Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility to take your Button Cell Battery (ies).
If there isn’t a recycling center in your area, you can call Mattel at 800-432-5437 and they’ll will send you a pre-paid mailing envelope to return the batteries.