Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Recycling Dead Batteries

Christmas is right around the corner. Many will give and receive gifts to and from the ones they love. Some of these gifts may require battery power. Many of us have batteries on hand, but if not, they’re not very hard to find.
Batteries are everywhere. On average, each person in the U.S discards eight dry-cell batteries per year. Most batteries are made up of heavy metals. Some of these heavy metals are toxic and can threaten our environment if not properly discarded. 
Depending on what materials the batteries are made of, they may or may not be considered hazardous waste in your state. Most importantly, there are recycling programs in place for all of these materials, so batteries should be recycled whenever possible. 
Why is it important to recycle batteries? Well, improperly disposed batteries may produce potential problems or hazards. 
  • Batteries may pollute lakes and streams as the metals vaporize into the air when burned
  • Contribute to heavy metals that potentially may leach from solid waste landfills
  • Expose the environment and water to lead and acid
  • Contain strong corrosive acids
  • Cause burns or danger to eyes and skin 

So, this Christmas while you’re popping new batteries into your new gift, remember that when the batteries die to make sure they are recycled properly. 
Not sure where you can recycle batteries properly? Check out these links and find a recycling location near you!