Why Are Alkaline Batteries Considered Hazardous Waste In California?

Why Are Alkaline Batteries Considered Hazardous Waste In California? I understand that nicads are bad because of the cadmium. But alkalines haven’t had toxic metals in them for years. Am I missing something?

[Duracell] Alkaline batteries can be safely disposed of with normal household waste.”
It’s safe to drop [Everready] batteries right in the household trash. In 1989, Eveready Battery Company became the first company to remove all added mercury from alkaline batteries.”
Vermont regulations: “Place [alkaline batteries] in trash
New York regulations: “Regular alkaline batteries are not considered hazardous waste because they no longer contain mercury

California regulations: “All batteries are considered hazardous waste in California when they are discarded

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