Saturday, December 15, 2007

It's Easy to be Green:Recycle Batteries

Every year we hope that Santa remembers to put Batteries in the toys and least remembers to tuck them in the stockings.
When I googled 'recycling batteries' (dry-cell, rechargable, automotive, button, lead-acid) I discovered that batteries contain metals, acids and other compounds (like Mercury) that can be hazardous when released into the environment.
How to recycle the most common battery types:
*Disposal of Alkaline & Carbon-Zinc ("Heavy Duty") batteries: In Germany it seems that every supermarket has a collection bin for batteries. In the USA there fewer options. The experts recommend individuals place these with normal household trash, unless your trash is incinerated or you are restricted by local regulations. Some communities collect batteries as part of a recycling program, but the batteries generally end up in a hazardous waste landfill. Several reclamation companies are now processing these batteries, so the situation may improve soon.
The only alternative that I know about is rechargeable batteries. Facilities designed to recycle other rechargeables do not want any type of dry cell battery.

Click this link for more information : **Recycled Batteries
**Recycling Nickel-Cadmium batteries: can be recycled'
**Recycling Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH), Recycling Lithium Ion (Li-Ion): "Many newer laptop computers and other portable use Nickel Metal Hydride or Lithium-Ion batteries.

**Disposal: Button Cell Batteries, Recycling:
Most small, round "button cell" type batteries contain **Mercury, silver, cadmium, lithium or other heavy metals as their main component. These materials leak in landfills, can enter the water table, and are even worse when incinerated. Many shops that replace watch and hearing aid batteries will accept your batteries for recycling at no charge.

**Recycling: Automotive batteries: "Automotive batteries contain lead. Lead is both toxic and valuable; Virtually any place that sells batteries will take them back, most state laws require it.

**Recycling non-automotive lead based batteries: Gel cells and sealed lead-acid batteries are commonly used in industrial equipment, emergency lighting, and alarm systems. The same recycling process applies as with automotive batteries.
**Note: Mercury: Mercury has been used in a wide variety of products, even kid's flashing sneakers.
Mercury is a deadly poison. Chronic exposure leads to brain damage . Mercury containing products of any source must be disposed/recycled as "household hazardous waste". Contact your garbage or recycling company for days & times. Do not mess around with mercury.
GramE tip: Keeping "your" batteries charged is important. Find your comfort level and recharge occasionally.
You are too important to end up on a hazardous waste pile!

REALTOR® gramEpat

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