It's estimated that the average American disposes of at least 10 one-time use batteries per year. While that may not seem like a lot, consider that there are over 316 million people living in the U.S. currently. So why is this important? Because despite the strides that the major battery manufacturers have made to eliminate the majority of harmful elements and chemicals from their battery compositions, if batteries aren't disposed of properly, the consequences can still be severe.
If not disposed of properly, the chemicals in batteries can permeate the soil of landfills, not only potentially contaminating the air, but the ground water. Over-exposure to such metals - whether it is through ingestion or inhalation - can result in abdominal pain, liver and kidney damage, skin irritation, respiratory issues, nausea, and headaches. It can even lead to some types of cancers.
Needless to say, proper battery recycling is important, whether it's a one-off AA type or a laptop or phone battery. Here's a look at how to properly recycle them:
Proper Recycling of Batteries
The major battery manufacturers will tell you that their batteries are now made safe enough to be disposed of with all other standard trash. While it's true that the major battery players have made their products safer and more eco-friendly compared to years past, it's best not to take the chance when discarding batteries. That's where a recycling center comes in handy.
More and more recycling centers across the country now offer battery recycling, for both one-off disposable batteries, as well as rechargeable batteries and specialty batteries for certain appliances. Several retailers also offer battery recycling; all it takes is a phone call to inquire about this service.
Here are some tips on how to make sure you're recycling batteries properly:
- Keep a box or small bin in your home where you place old batteries.
- When the bin becomes full enough, take action.
- Hint: By keeping a bin or box to store used batteries, you're committing to the recycling cause. If you try to recycle batteries on a per-battery basis, you're likely to have little success and are more likely to throw the batteries out in the trash.
- Take action: This means contacting your local recycling center or battery store to make sure your batteries are accepted and that such recycling services are available.
Recycling batteries saves natural resources and reduces pollution and landfill space. But perhaps, most importantly, it also ensures that you're not helping lead to environmental destruction, which occurs when the harmful chemicals in batteries erode and seep into the soil, potentially contaminating much more.
So, take battery recycling seriously. Contact your local recycling center and commit to the cause. A little extra effort on everyone's part can go a long way toward saving the world.
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