Holiday Recycling 101: Don’t Just Throw Away Musical Greeting Cards

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — While musical greeting cards make people smile, they can also be dangerous.

According to Recycle Smart, these cards have button cell batteries that contain mercury, which is toxic to humans when inhaled or ingested. Therefore, these batteries should be considered household hazardous waste and handled accordingly.

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“Button batteries are in so many things and it was surprising to me to remember them being in these singing cards,” said Janice Pare of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

She said that because these music cards are battery-powered, they should not be placed directly in recycling or the trash when disposing of them. Instead, these batteries and electronic devices should be removed before they are thrown away. Batteries should be removed for safe handling.

“Some communities have battery collections at a transfer station,” Pare added. All other greeting cards should go in the trash.

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To learn more about safe battery handling and collection locations, people can visit

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