Batteries provide convenient source of energy for our devices at home school, or workplace, but there will also come a time that you have to dispose them. When that time comes, we must know how to dispose batteries properly to avoid environmental problems that may arise from harmful metals present in batteries such as nickel-cadmium, nickel metal hydride, alkaline, mercury, and lead acid. Knowing how to dispose batteries properly will not only save you, but also the environment.
How to Dispose Batteries
1. Go online and visit the nation’s environmental resource website, the Earth911.org. There, you will find all possible waste drop-off locations near your area.
2. In the website, type in the word “battery” and enter your city, state, or zip code in the dialog box provided.
3. From the list given on the site, select a center closest to you where you can dispose the batteries safely. Take note of the name, location, and contact numbers on the list.
4. Click the location closest to you to see what types of item they accept. If you are unsure how to properly handle your batteries, call them and ask for handling instructions.
5. Remove your dead batteries’ casing.
6. Each battery should be placed individually in a ziplock. If the batteries are corroded, wear a hand protector before handling them.
7. Take your dead or weak batteries in the waste drop-off location.
How to Dispose Old Car Batteries
1. Talk to an automotive store representative and ask if you can get credit for your old battery. Most automotive stores that sell car batteries offer a credit if you have an old battery and you want to purchase a new one.
2. Look for metal recyclers that buy old car batteries and sell it to them. To find a metal recycler in your location, try searching on your local phone directory.
3. You should also consider recycling your old car battery. Nowadays, several cities have special facilities that exclusively receive toxic materials like car batteries. Ask your local government to find one.
How to Dispose Alkaline Batteries
1. Ask your local sanitation department regarding special pick up dates or if there is a waste drop-off location for hazardous materials in your area.
2. You can also throw your dead batteries in the trash can. There, your batteries are less likely to cause damage as trash has lower concentration of batteries. If you don’t have any other options yet, use your trash can.
3. If you are disposing too many batteries, segregate them in different containers before throwing them in the trash can. Doing this will prevent them from recharging.
4. Do not place or throw your batteries on fire. They may explode and cause injury to you and your surroundings.
5. Ask your local authorities where to dispose your batteries. Ways on how to dispose batteries are constantly changing and the authorities are the ones to know how the best ways of disposing them.
Next time you need batteries, consider buying AA rechargeable batteries. Two AA nickel-cadmium alone can replace up to 600 disposable batteries. With AA rechargeable batteries, you will not only save money, you will save the environment.