A lot of people are asking me about Batteries and Terminal Protection lately. Let me cover it in today’s blog!
Let’s first talk about Batteries! Batteries are objects which are used to generate electricity for many types of things like toys, electronics, etc. Batteries have a anode and a cathode. It has electrons that flow to the source of power and back to the battery. This process repeats many times until the electrodes run out of power. Batteries also use many types of chemicals like mercury, lithium, cobalt, etc to run. These chemicals have enough power to run the battery.
But not that many people know about Terminal Protection. Let’s discuss it now. Terminal Protection is nothing but placing the tape on the Positive (+) and Negative (-) terminals of a battery. If you don’t apply terminal protection for batteries, the chemicals could easily leak out and cause contamination and dangerous pollution. Also, batteries have a high chance (depending on their voltage) to start fires by a spark ignited when the Positive and Negative Terminals meet. These fires can emit tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. So this is why it is important to provide Terminal Protection for Batteries. If you have a battery that is more than 9 Volts or has chemicals, make sure to put terminal protection on those specific batteries before dropping them in a battery bin. Make sure to check the label of the battery to see the voltage and chemicals.
If you want to learn more about the batteries which don’t or do require terminal protection, check out Call2Recycle’s detailed chart on our or Call2Recycle’s website!
Author: Sri Nihal Tammana