We were holding onto some old batteries until we could finally make it to an electronic recycling drive, but we just found out where we could properly dispose of them any day of the week...Turn out Ikea, Whole Foods, and Best Buy all have programs where you can return batteries at their stores. ( Ikea
also takes back light bulbs.)
While all Ikea and Best Buy's offer the program, it's best to check with your local Whole Foods directly to see if they offer it. Either way, sounds like a step in the right direction.