Give back to your planet by recycling batteries.
While it's easy to recycle paper, plastic, and glass, battery recycling is often forgotten. As a result, mercury and other harmful metals are leaking into the landfills and being absorbed by the earth. In order to curb this problem, take the steps to reduce waste and try recycling used batteries.
Facts About Recycling Batteries
- Not recycling batteries will lead to higher fuel costs. This occurs because more aluminum, plastic, and energy is being used to reproduce materials that could have been recycled. The less energy used, the less gas prices rise.
- Public water plants can't filter out the toxins emitted by batteries that have been thrown into landfills. So if you're not recycling, you're paying the price.
- According to earth911.com, America throws away almost 180,000 tons of batteries each year. This includes alkaline batteries, used car batteries and lead batteries. Most of these batteries are single-use, which means they cannot be recharged and used again.
- Call2Recycle is an organization that provides consumers with drop boxes near homes and schools that are designed for collecting used and recycled batteries. Drop your old batteries off there rather than throwing them in the trash.
- Companies that take outdated electronic items such as music players or cell phones often take used batteries as well.
- 70 percent of a battery’s weight is reusable lead. Consequently, over 50 percent of the lead supply comes from recycled batteries.
- Batteries hold materials like cadmium, lithium, and lead. Traces of these materials have appeared in oceans. While stronger regulatory practices are working to curb the spread of battery pollution, the first step begins with you.
- Nickel-cadmium batteries, also known as NiCds, have been banned in Europe after finding the alternative NiMH battery less harmful to the environment. NiCds are still used in the U.S.
- The first legislation designed to reduce the waste of batteries is called the US Battery Act and was first released 1996.
- Recycling batteries helps to preserve natural resources, reduce the need for landfills, reduce the amount of American imports and generate income for recycling plant workers.
The only way to reduce the harmful effects emitted by batteries is to recycle them. In order to find out how your city recycles batteries, check online for more information.