Why You Should Never Put Dead Batteries in the Trash

throwing away batteries can negatively impact the environment you live in

Most people know better than to throw away household batteries via the normal route of disposal, but few know why.

Batteries are chock-full of nasty chemicals, hazardous materials, and environmentally toxic wastes.

To throw a battery in the household trash exposes the environment and your community to possible hazards.

Let’s take a look at why it’s so important to dispose of your batteries correctly and explore the correct avenues by which to do so.

The Hazards of Batteries

Batteries are made with a number of deadly and toxic wastes. These include but are not limited to:

  • Cadmium
  • Lithium
  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Manganese
  • Potassium

Your household trash is designed for common goods such as food, recyclables, and common waste. The disposal methods used by these avenues are inadequate for the toxic wastes that are present in batteries.

By using your common garbage service in the wrong manner, you expose people, the land, water supplies, and your community to these dangerous materials.

How Batteries are Disposed

Batteries go through a special recycling process when they are disposed of correctly.

  • Batteries are placed into a hammer mill, which smashes the batteries, allowing the liquid toxins to leak out of them.
  • The metal is swept away and disposed of separately from the toxins.
  • The toxins are placed in a containment in which they separate themselves out with the help of gravity and science.
  • Each individual toxin is then disposed of in an environmentally friendly way according to its type.

Correct Recycling Methods

There are a few services used in communities that help make the disposal of batteries easy.

  • Battery Bank – A battery bank is a dropbox of some sort that is placed in high traffic areas within your community. Supermarkets, community centers, and recreation centers are common places to find a battery bank. Your community website will help you identify these locations.
  • Request a Battery Bag – A battery bag is a specially designed container used to mark, draw attention to, and prevent contamination while recycling batteries. Some communities allow the use of properly marked zip lock bags.

It’s important to take the necessary steps to properly dispose of batteries. By doing this you are responsible for protecting the environment.

These actions positively impact the health of the world and provide a safe environment for the future generations who will come after us.


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