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Battery Recycling

Batteries can be found in most homes, businesses and schools. While we need these little operators to power up our necessities and gadgets, they can pose a devastating effect on our environment as they contain toxic metal compounds.

Recycling keeps them out of landfills and allows extracted metals to be reused.

More services are becoming available to make recycling batteries easier as up to now it has been expensive and recycling centers have not been equipped to handle salvaging them.

Earth911 provides an overview of various types of batteries.

Alkaline manganese batteries are used to power many household items. These can be recovered for their steel and zinc components.

Nickel-cadmium batteries are the rechargeable variety. Though they last much longer than non-rechargeable types, they contain cadmium which is a hazardous metal.

Lithium-Ion batteries are rechargeable and used to power things like cell phones and electronics. These can burst under extremely hot temperatures.

Silver oxide batteries are more commonly known as cell or button batteries and contain mercury.

Lead-acid types are used in cars and other vehicles and are configured with sulfuric acid and lead. Probably because of systems set in place to reprocess these, they are the highest recycled merchandise in the U.S., with a 97% recycling success rate.

Battery recycling is up for an optimistic transformation.

A nationwide battery recycling operative is scheduled to launch in the U.S. this spring. This call to companies and consumers to recycle old batteries hopefully will increase awareness of the need for proper disposal as well as making it easier to do so.

The Australian Battery Recycling Initiative offers information about household and automotive recycling centers and businesses that take batteries to correctly discard them. According to them, ALDI stores nationally have pioneered the way by offering easy access to battery recycling, with national disposal services. Many other facilities currently offer battery recycling, with plans for others on the increase in the upcoming year.

Ecologically responsive battery manufacturers are pairing up with recycling organizations like Call2Recycle, which is offered in the U.S. and Canada. Establishments like these help individuals and business locate drop-offs, and some offer free mailing labels where facilities are not available.

Batteries are a needed item, and properly recycling them is a necessary component to using them. With the induction of more accessible battery recycling centers it should be easier for everyone to correctly dispose of them.

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