Yes, you need to recycle.
Batteries are used in everyday life! We use normal single-used batteries to rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. We use these batteries in a variety of things like cellphones, laptops, clocks, toys, etc. But, after people use up the batteries, they just throw these batteries in the trash. In this article, we will be talking about why it is extremely important to recycle used batteries!
Let’s first talk about what happens if you just carelessly throw a battery in the trash! All the batteries, like Car Batteries and Lithium-Ion batteries, contain heavy metals and toxic chemicals! Many people might argue saying that alkaline batteries are completely safe to throw away in the trash. Alkaline Batteries are batteries that are used to use mercury. Thanks to the regulation in 1990 which banned using mercury in Alkaline Batteries, makes these batteries less dangerous. But, this still doesn’t mean that you should just throw these batteries away. Today’s primary batteries are relatively benign, but that doesn’t mean you should just throw them away. It’s easy to get them confused with more sensitive batteries—and even alkaline batteries have recoverable materials.
Now let’s finally talk about how to safely dispose of a battery properly without sparking a fire. Make sure you put the batteries in a safe place because batteries have a little bit of energy left over after it is dead. This energy may not be enough to power a device but, it is enough to potentially start a fire. So make sure you store the batteries carefully! Also, put terminal protection on batteries so they will have less chance of starting a fire! After putting terminal protection, safely dispose of the battery in a battery bin where it is recycled properly!
Let’s hope that people recycle their used batteries to make the earth a better place to live.
Author: Sri Nihal Tammana
Source: Consumer Reports