The Energizer Eco Advanced claims to be the world’s first eco-friendly disposable battery. But only four percent of its total weight consists of recycled material. If you’re concerned about the environmental impact of your battery use, rechargeable batteries are your best bet.
Disposable batteries are not classified as hazardous waste as they now use far fewer toxic heavy metals than they used to – they can be disposed of in your kerbside refuse. There are also voluntary recycling options in many urban centres, though some of these schemes currently stockpile disposables until a “commercially viable” recycling solution for them is found.