Battery Types and How to Dispose of Them
Batteries are used in everyday life and depended on by many people, from running a business on a laptop to powering the emergency services ambulances. The extensive range of batteries make it difficult to know how to properly dispose of each one. But by not disposing of batteries accordingly, you risk highly hazardous materials entering the ecosystem, killing wildlife and polluting the water. For this reason, placing them in the general waste bin is not a safe option, as their harmful contents will return to our water supplies. In this article we will discuss the most common types of batteries and how to dispose of them responsibly.
- Button batteries
This type of battery is often used in watches, hearing aids, key fobs, and much more. The small nature of button batteries allow for them to be used in a lot of intricate devices – which often means people forget they are in devices they want to dispose of. You can dispose of these types of batteries at a hazardous waste collection site or recycling facility, where they will ensure the hazardous materials don’t enter the environment.
- Car batteries
Car batteries are essential for every car, as it supplies the electrical current for the car to start and run smoothly. More often than not, you won’t need to dispose of a car battery, just recharge it whilst its under your possession. But if your car battery dies completely, you will need to replace it. It’s easy to dispose of your car battery – just take them to a hazardous waste collection site, or leave it to your auto parts retailer to replace and dispose of it properly.
- Alkaline batteries
Non-rechargeable, high energy density batteries that have a long battery life and mostly used for devices such as flashlights and remotes. You can simply put these types of batteries in the general bin, or recycle them at a relevant hazardous waste station.
- Rechargeable batteries
Rechargeable batteries are different from alkaline batteries as they contain nickel and cadmium, which cause environmental hazards if dumped in landfill. These batteries leak materials such as mercury, lead, and cadmium into the environment causing soil contamination and water pollution. These batteries must be properly disposed of at a hazardous waste collection site, recycling facility, or an electronics retailer that recycles batteries.
- Lithium-ion batteries
Typically found in portable devices such as mobile phones, laptops, and digital cameras. These kind of batteries are relatively non-toxic compared to others, however the excessive number of them now being disposed of in landfills makes them a concern. We recommend recycling them at a specialist recycling center or taking them to your nearest hazardous waste collection site.
Here at Envirocraft Waste Solutions, we can pick up all types of batteries in large or small quantities, allowing you to safely dispose of any waste batteries you may have. We can all strive to reduce the amount of hazardous material leaking into and polluting the environment.
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