Batteries not only run small items like your TV remote, they also provide backup power for hospitals and can even run commuter trains. Who knew that something so relatively small could be so powerful?!
While they come in a variety of shapes and sizes, all batteries have two elements in common: an electrolyte and a heavy metal, like mercury, lead, cadmium, or nickel. These metals are extremely harmful to the environment when not disposed of properly. Even if they are incinerated, many of these metals are still released into the air, causing contamination.
Recycling batteries saves natural resources, because plastic and metals from used batteries can be used to make new batteries and protects the environment by keeping heavy metals out of landfills and the air.
Purchasing rechargeable batteries is one of the best ways to help reduce the number of batteries in the waste system. Think about how many electronics in your home run on batteries. If you replaced four rechargeable batteries a month, by the end of the year, you would have made a shift that will be economical for you and helpful for the environment. It’s a win/win!
Where to Recycle
Are you wondering where you might be able to recycle batteries? Chances are you pass by or frequent a few of places on your daily commute or weekend errands. Lowe’s, Best Buy and Batteries Plus are just a few places you can drop off batteries to be recycled. Batteries are often accepted at household hazardous waste collection events hosted by cities and counties. There are also mail-back programs that allow you to return batteries for recycling through the mail.
The Recycling Guide invites you to see how many batteries you can round up around your house this month. Help spread awareness and make a move toward a better environment by invited friends and family to join in your efforts! Share this information with your family and friends and help us create a more sustainable environment.
Tell us, did you learn something new about batteries?