The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC), a nonprofit, public service organization dedicated to recycling used rechargeable batteries, offers a few tips for maximizing the battery life of your rechargeable batteries:

• Follow the charging guidelines provided by the manufacturer, as each individual product has a specific initial battery charging time.

• Never return a fully charged battery to the charger for an extra boost. This will shorten the life of the battery.

• Let a discharged battery cool to room temperature before recharging.

• Recharge batteries only when they are near to fully discharged.

Rechargeable batteries can easily be recycled when they no longer hold a charge. Drop off your used rechargeable batteries and old cell phones in branded Call2Recycle collection boxes at participating The Home Depot, Lowe’s, RadioShack, Best Buy and Circuit City stores. Call 877-2-RECYCLE or go to for more information or to find a nearby collection site.