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Q. Do you know of any chain retail stores that offer recycling for alkaline batteries? Or is there a better way to dispose of them than just tossing them into the trash? We are trying to be more conscientious about the final resting place of our “dead” double-A’s.

Asheville, N.C.

A. Dearest Walt,

Given the timing of your letter, I can’t help but wonder if you’ve got children, and you’re nervously anticipating a holiday season filled with battery-operated toy robots, electronic guitars, and other beeping, flashing amusements. (Gift-givers everywhere: Whatever happened to a nice rag doll or set of blocks?) Or perhaps you simply need some juice for your camera, smoke detector, and flashlight. Either way, the answer to your question is a resounding “Yes!”