When it comes to batteries, they are considered a part of our modern life. However, despite being obvious, it can be sometimes unclear what to do with a battery once it gets used up. There are huge environmental hazard problems attached to batteries when they reach landfills as each of them contains toxic chemicals such as lithium and sulphuric acid. If they are not disposed of in a proper manner, they could also create a short circuit, or get overheated and cause a fire in the trash. These batteries with respect to their type should be instead utilized by recycling for processing and material recovery.
Single-Use Battery vs Rechargeable Battery
Single-use alkaline batteries are the ones that you see in remote control, these batteries are not easy to dispose of as there are not many services that accept such batteries. You will have to search hard on the internet or in a local phone directory for firms that accept such batteries. On the other hand, rechargeable batteries such as a car battery, or cell phone battery, contain a large portion of heavy metals along with some toxic chemicals. These types of batteries can be recycled but they require extra care from service providers which may be necessary by law as well.
Why bother recycling old batteries?
It is in the advantage of everyone to recycle their old batteries regardless of the type, as it will be helpful in cutting down the waste crisis that has started to disturb the daily routine of people. It will also be helpful in lowering the cost of new batteries. We all know the importance of batteries for our auto-mobile or cell phone needs but, we also need to understand and consider the proper ways through which we can dispose of all the old batteries and participate in leaving a better environment for our future generations to come.
The Good news!
The EcoActiv Battery Recycling service provides a low-cost, consumer-friendly solution for keeping these batteries out of the landfill so you don’t have to worry about them. They accept both single-use and rechargeable batteries for recycling. Single-use alkaline batteries including AA, AAA, C, and D sizes, and rectangular 6 and 9 volt batteries are accepted – Button cell batteries used in watches, cameras, toys, clocks, and other small devices, comprising Lithium, Silver Zinc, and other chemistries – All handheld batteries with chemistries including alkaline, zinc-carbon, and lithium are accepted. Whereas, rechargeable batteries used in handheld products and devices including Nickel Cadmium (NiCD, NC), Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH, NM), and Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) chemistries are accepted.
Simply subscribe to their prepaid EcoActiv Recycling service, and you will receive a battery collection container. When the container is full, secure it with the provided lid and call EcoActiv, that’s it! They will pick up the container from you and transport it to a special facility for sorting out the battery type and moving it to the recycle process. Contact for more information.