OK, more info:
I just got off the phone with Russ at FujiNovel Industries:
He's a very friendly tech that seemed to not only be thoroughly knowledgeable about their products, but aware of this Woot sale as well. He confirmed that these batteries are Carbon-Zinc cells, not Zinc-Chloride.
higgetypiggety wrote:Sure! Everyone does their duty and disposes of non-rechargeables "properly"... NOT!
99.99999% of these batteries will end-up in a landfill, decay and contaminate the soil & groundwater.
Buy rechargeable batteries. At least when you dispose of rechargeables "properly"...
At tempting as it is to roll my eyes and go all Sheldon Cooper on you, I'll try to be polite. It's not for your sake; I simply don't want my comment getting mod'ed.
Where do you live where only ONE person in TEN MILLION recycles their used batteries? I have no doubts that recycling efforts could be higher among all people, but ranting a ridiculous made-up "statistic" only destroys your credibility.
As far as the few of these batteries that wil end up in landfills, I say GOOD! Carbon-Zinc batteries make excellent fertilizer. During World War 2, the electrolyte from spent batteries was used as fertilizer in areas where soil nutrients were depleted of trace elements, especially manganese and zinc. These batteries are made of iron, carbon, zinc, manganese, and ammonium chloride; all of which are essential nutrients for plants. I'll grant you that a bucket of batteries dumped in a pond is likely to overdose that micro-environment, but not nearly so much as a few Eneloops would. Nickel-Metal Hydride batteries contain nickel, cobalt, and cerium salts (among other chemicals), and have a very corrosive potassium hydroxide electrolyte. Eneloops also contain elemental and chromium. Nickel, chromium, cobalt, and cerium compounds are extremely toxic. Just a few parts per million can render water and soil deadly to animals and plants.
Since you so strongly advocate recycling, answer this: What happens to rechargeable batteries after they get dropped into a recycling container? Don't guess, and don't bluff. I know the answer, and it ain't pretty, but it sure helps a lot of politicians and the battery industry (in North America, at least).