Battery disposal is important for the environment. Each year, almost 180,000 tons of batteries are disposed in the landfill by Americans alone. About 14,000 of those tons are rechargeable batteries; the rest are single-use. Replacing single-use batteries with rechargeable ones, will not only saving money, but will ensure fewer batteries end up in the landfill.
I had an inquiry about “Battery Recycling” I was asked if it would be okay to use a plastic bucket with lid, to store the used batteries for collection prior to dropping them off at a recycling plant. I informed the individual that it would not be recommended, especially if the container they were looking at using had an air-tight seal; as gases from the batteries could escape and present a potentially harmful situation.
All Batteries contain heavy metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, and nickel, which can contaminate the environment when improperly disposed of. I recommended that they use a proper storage container, such as our “Battery Recycling Bin”. Our “Battery Recycling Bin” has a 2.25 gallon capacity and has a 1.5” hole on the lid to allow any harmful gases to escape safely. I also mention that the “Battery Recycling Bin” is clearly marked with a hot stamp that reads “Batteries Only” both on the lid as well as the front of the container.
They want to be able to do their part in eliminating the toxic chemicals that would otherwise hard the environment. I praised them and said that they are on the right track!
“From the Recycling Experts”
By Donna Hovey