How to Dispose of Batteries
We live in a high-tech, wireless world where everything from our mobile devices to remote controls and children’s toys is operated by batteries. With so many household batteries in rotation, it’s hard to know the best way to dispose of them once they’re empty.
Type of battery
Basic single-use batteries, such as AA, C, or 9-volt batteries, are made of alkaline, carbon-zinc, or lithium. The batteries are non-toxic, but can leak over time and burn at high heat. Small coin-size batteries for hearing AIDS, watches and cameras often contain silver oxide or zinc, but there are still some batteries on the market that contain mercury. Rechargeable batteries can have a positive impact on the environment by reducing the number of disposable batteries, but some contain toxic substances. Lithium ion and nickel metal hydride rechargeable batteries are non-toxic. Lead-acid gel batteries in wheelchairs, scooters and golf carts contain the toxic heavy metal lead, which can cause fires if short-circuited. Nickel-cadmium batteries contain cadmium, a toxic heavy metal commonly used in rechargeable electronics and power tools.
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Where can I recycle batteries
The safest way to dispose of batteries is to recycle them, but this is often easier said than done. Some retailers offer battery recycling bins in most of their stores. If you don’t live near a retailer that offers battery recycling, you can find a local battery recycling station near you. From these recycling collection areas, batteries are sorted and reused into new products.
Prepare for battery recycling
There are several important safety reasons to follow throughout the preparation process before you send in your old or used batteries for recycling. Be sure to follow these important steps to prevent any adverse events such as battery leaks and electric shocks. All used batteries must be safely recycled in accordance with the instructions below.
Tape the terminals or wrap the batteries separately in a plastic bag. When it comes to duct tape, you have a few options; You can use clear packing tape, electrical tape or duct tape. Each option prevents leaks and ensures maximum safety.
Make sure you don’t store the battery in direct sunlight. Exposing batteries to high temperatures can cause accidents. Also, always avoid placing batteries in metal containers as they conduct electricity. Therefore, using plastic containers is ideal.
If you find a bulging battery, it’s crucial that you don’t throw it in the trash. Instead, place it in a non-flammable environment that contains materials such as sand or cat litter. Call a professional maintenance technician as soon as possible for further guidance.