We use batteries. We throw them into recycle bin. We buy new ones. We have been environmentally responsible.
Really? How much of the battery materials are recycled? By what means?
The basic tenet of recycle should be one of conservation. Conserve the amount of resources went into making a product. Get the most out of it. If this is the way of thinking, then the most obvious approach is to build products that LAST a long time. At realistic costs of course!