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Environmentally Friendly Batteries And Proper Battery Disposal


It seems like everything we use today uses batteries. Cell phones, laptops, flashlights, clocks, radios, watches and countless other electronic appliances and devices rely on batteries to operate. There are several types of batteries available to purchase and use such as alkaline, button, lithium and nickel-cadmium rechargeable and/or environmentally friendly batteries. No matter what type of battery you use, they inevitability die and need to be replaced. However, if you do not dispose of your batteries properly, you could be negatively affecting the environment and people around you.

Although rechargeable and/or environmentally friendly batteries contain some of the same toxic chemicals, they are still safer than most of the other batteries. Button, lithium and alkaline batteries made before 1994, all contain dangerous chemicals such as mercy, cadmium, and lithium. Improper disposal of these batteries can be detrimental to humans and the environment. The main concern of most scientists and environmentalists is when these dangerous chemical are released through the burning of these batteries. When hundreds of thousands of these batteries are burned, the hazardous chemicals within them are released into the air and bodies water. When disposed of in landfills, these chemicals can seep into soil and in bodies of water. Plants and animals will then consume the tainted water, putting the position into their systems. Eventually humans will consume the tainted water, meats and vegetation, causing many harmful effects such as headache, nausea, decreased IQ, skin irritation, liver or kidney damage and even certain cancers.

To prevent this from happening, many people are using rechargeable and/or environmentally friendly batteries. Unlike disposable batteries that can only be used once, rechargeable batteries can be used up to 500 times. This makes the batteries very cost and performance efficient. Because you do not have to continually buy batteries, these rechargeable batteries are extremely convenient. In addition, rechargeable batteries lead to less waste. The less battery waste there is, the lesser the impact on the environment there will be. Despite their advantages, there are drawbacks associated with the batteries. For one thing, some rechargeable batteries contain chemical that are just as hazardous as traditional batteries. In addition, rechargeable batteries have the tendency to leak, which can also be hazardous.

Whether you use rechargeable and/or environmentally friendly batteries, button, lithium or alkaline batteries, proper disposal is necessary. This entails taking all dead batteries to the retail collection location or a recycling center. Many localities make this a mandatory as disposal of batteries in the trash can be illegal. Lithium batteries should be disposed of as hazardous waste.