Batteries are extensively used in almost any setting you can think of. From our households to outdoor activities, one shouldn’t forget to bring their battery-charged tools and equipment. It is true that we use batteries in our everyday lives but not all of us know how to properly dispose of these batteries once their energies run out.
A disturbing report says only 2% of lithium batteries are recycled in Australia. Most of us just throw these old and used batteries along with other rubbish. These batteries usually end up in landfills. Toxic chemicals from the batteries leak out and can lead to harmful effects on living things in the area.
Batteries should be recycled. They could cause potential long-term harm to the environment as well as disrupt the natural processes of our ecosystem. What should you do then?
In this article, we’ll share essential information about batteries that everyone should know. We have a huge responsibility in keeping our environment clean. Learning how to properly dispose of E-waste is a good start.
Let us start by learning about the different types of batteries and how to properly dispose of them.
Types of Batteries
Also called primary batteries or primary cells, single-use batteries are the most commonly used type. They have the least amount of toxic materials and some countries allow them to be thrown in the trash.
However, the responsible way of disposing of single-use batteries is by recycling them. We advise you to look for recycling or drop off centres in your community. Place the used batteries in a plastic bag and drop them off in recycling bins once the bag is full.
Button Cell Batteries
This type of battery contains mercury, a very toxic element. These round, button-sized batteries are usually used in watches, toys, cameras, and hearing aids.
Never throw button cell batteries directly in the trash. Store them in a plastic container and bring them to a recycling centre for proper disposal. Never allow your children or pets to play with them.
This type of battery has started to gain popularity among consumers. The emergence of mobile phones, laptops, and other appliances and gadgets has paved the way for increased usage of lithium-ion rechargeable batteries.
One thing to consider though is that these batteries pose significant risks for fire and explosion incidents. They also contain very toxic chemicals that can sip out and destroy the environment.
Another concern is the fact that statistics show that although the sales and consumption of rechargeable batteries are at an all-time high, this type of battery has the least record of recycling. This means that these batteries still end up in landfills or indiscriminately disposed of.
Rechargeable batteries shouldn’t be just disposed of anywhere. Proper disposal and recycling efforts should be done to conserve the environment. Once rechargeable batteries become non-functional, place them in a plastic container then look for a battery drop off centre so they can be recycled appropriately.
Australian Battery Recycling Initiative
In Australia, the government doesn’t have recycling programs for batteries. However, battery manufacturers, retailers, recyclers, environmental groups, and government agencies have grouped together to form the Australian Battery Recycling Initiative (ABRI).
The group has partnered with different businesses for the purpose of sharing information on the benefits of recycling and the safe disposal of used batteries. This initiative has also brought to the consumers easy access to safe battery disposal.
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