Alkaline Batteries (Household Batteries)

Commonly known as the “Household Battery”, it is the most versatile and widely used battery today. According to the US EPA, nearly three billion house-hold batteries are purchased in the United States each year. This amount may be equated to approximately 10 batteries per each individual every year. ¹

The alkaline battery is generally used to provide power to everyday electronic devices. This battery also has several distinct advantages that place it in to a unique category than other batteries. For instance, the alkaline battery is able to perform under light-duty demands for long periods of time. It is resistant to variations in temperature, and it has a long shelf-life. When needed, you may store the battery for two years and find that it will maintain up to 90% of its original stored electrical capacity.

The alkaline battery is grouped by five different sizes and power classifications. In order from small to large sizes, the AAA, AA, C, D, and 9-Volt are universally known as belonging to the Alkaline Battery Family. The bigger size cylindrical units, C and D, are designed to generate more power (electrical current) based on a greater demand over a duration of use. The converse applies to AAA and AA cylindrical batteries, supplying power (electrical current) for a light duty demand. The only exception to this rule is the 9-Volt Rectangular-Battery, which is designed to supply more power than the D-Cell at any one time.

Alkaline batteries are available in two classes, standard and premium. Standard alkaline batteries are generally used in low-demand applications, such as remote controls and smoke alarms. The premium version is best suited for high-demand requirements, such as flash-lights, digital cameras, and commercial duty.

¹ Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, the Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention, October 2010, Household Batteries.

Making good and efficient use of batteries is one of the best ways to prevent a negative impact on health and the environment. Here are a few tips that will help you manage batteries better:

  • Purchase only what you need.
  • Consider Rechargeable Batteries in an application that has high-demand, i.e., portable-power tools, cameras, and recording devices.
  • If you purchase extra household batteries for future use, or an emergency, then take advantage of the best product expiration date available.
  • Store unused batteries in a cool place.
  • Do not try to recharge the household battery, it may overheat and damage the device.
  • Only a few companies in the United States will accept Household Batteries for recycling. When needed, give Metal Conversion Technologies, LLC a call to discuss your recycling need.


Learn more about battery recycling at, or call 678-721-0022.

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Metal Conversion Technologies Creates Important Consumer Safety Message for Recycling Lithium Batteries

Cartersville, GA, May 3, 2012 – Metal Conversion Technologies (MCT), LLC, the second largest rechargeable battery recycler in North America, is educating consumers on important safety guidelines for recycling lithium batteries. Many consumers are not aware that shipping lithium batteries to recycling facilities without following the Department of Transportation shipping guidelines can result in an explosion and a fire, either during shipping or at the receiving facility.

Metal Conversion Technologies makes it easy for consumers to quickly obtain the Department of Transportation shipping guidelines to ensure proper shipping. By visiting the MCT website at, consumers can watch a video which demonstrates proper shipping guidelines, download step-by-step instructions, and print shipping labels required for easy identification when shipping hazardous materials such as lithium batteries.

“By following some simple steps to prevent the battery terminals from touching during shipment, consumers can help contribute to a healthier environment by recycling batteries, and can ensure that the batteries do not become a fire or explosive hazard,” said John Patterson, CEO of Metal Conversion Technologies. “Consumers are doing something good for the environment by recycling batteries, but need to be aware of the simple but effective steps outlined by the DOT to help them feel confident that they are safely recycling batteries.”

Lithium batteries produce a higher voltage than traditional alkaline batteries and often have a longer life, resulting in minimizing battery replacement. Lithium batteries are more often used in consumer products including car batteries and smaller devices such as cell phones, remote car locks, watches, digital cameras and camera recorders.

“MCT is genuinely interested in resource conservation, and environmental stewardship is the foundation of our business,” said Patterson. “We truly want to make it easy and safe for consumers and companies to recycle more batteries which results in a safer and healthier environment for us all.”

About Metal Conversion Technologies:
Metal Conversion Technologies, LLC is the second largest rechargeable battery recycler in North America. Based in Cartersville, Georgia, 40 miles north of Atlanta, MCT services recycling programs throughout the U.S. and around the world. In the past five years, MCT has recycled more than 2,000 tons of batteries, and expects to recycle an additional 1,100 tons in 2012. Many Fortune 500 and 1000 companies attain MCT’s recycling services in order to acquire MCT’s Environmental Indemnification, the elimination of the generators’ cradle-to-grave liability responsibility. For more information about Metal Conversion Technologies, visit

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