Batteries can be recycled to avoid toxic pollution

Why is it important to recycle batteries? 🔋

When recycling batteries, we can recover many valuable materials and avoid toxic spills in landfill.

There are many types of batteries and most of them are recyclable. Let’s focus today on the most common type, the Alkaline ones.

Billions of alkaline batteries are disposed of each year, but unfortunately many of them end up in landfill (if not in nature).

When sent to landfill, toxic chemicals may leak into the ground, which can cause soil and water pollution.

Instead, through specialised recycling facilities, we can now recover most of their components and extract plastic, metal scraps, manganese, aluminium, cobalt, nickel, copper, cadmium or zinc.

All these elements can be separated and then used by other industries, instead of being mined which would be much more damaging to the environment.

How to send them for recycling?

This depends on your local recycling facilities. Some of them will collect batteries along with other recyclable waste (paper, cardboard etc.), whereas in some places you will need to take them to a specialised collection point for batteries.

Make sure to dispose of them correctly to ensure they are properly recycled ♻️

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