I live in a community where we recycle. We are not hardcore about it but we separate
paper/cardboard, cans/plastic, metal and yard waste. It is amazing how much you can reduce your trash by doing this. The problem comes with the odd items...propane tanks, appliances etc. We are lucky that out local transfer station allows you to drop these items off. In some cases there may be an added expense but overall they are all very fair. The other day I had some large rechargeable batteries that were dead. I could ship them back to the manufacturer but with the weight it would have been about $25.00. The manufacturer recommended a local Sears that accepts car batteries...they were rejected there. I went to the dump (transfer station) and asked if they recycled them and what the fee was....rejected there as well. Though I could have thrown them in a Hefty bag and put them in with the household trash it just did not feel right .
I finally went into a local Staples. I vaguely remembered seeing a bin that accepted old cell phones and old rechargeable batteries. I went to the manager ans asked if I could drop these off since the original item was not purchased there and what the fee was. He immediately took them and told me there was no fee and that he was glad that I brought them in.
When the whole process was over it left me wondering why this was so hard? I had gone out of my way to do the right thing but I can not say that everybody would do that. Aren't manufacturers asking a lot asking a lot of your customers when the product is not longer viable. Shouldn't the process be easier?