1. Batteries contain harmful chemicals
- This is perhaps the most important reason why we should seriously consider recycling our used batteries. Batteries are made up of harmful chemicals that can be hazardous to human health, particularly when left around the house as some of these chemicals can linger in the air you breathe! The acids and heavy metals used in batteries also means that if they leak into soil as a result of being disposed of in landfill, the toxins can destroy wildlife and pollute water sources.
2. Recover non-renewable materials
The production of batteries involves raw materials being mined, processed, turned into batteries and then into waste. These materials include the lead, nickel, steel, zinc, mercury, cobalt, lithium, and silver, to name a few – and although they aren’t renewable, they are infinitely recyclable – and by not properly recycling them it makes these materials no longer available for use and therefore negatively impacting the economy.
3. Reduce cost of new batteries
Following from the previous point, by recycling our waste batteries and recovering & re-using the materials, we can then directly ensure that they are used for forward manufacturing, which helps to reduce production costs and ensures that competitively priced products are available for purchase.
4. Reduce risk of fire & explosion
Relative to the vast numbers of batteries in use, battery explosions and fires are relatively rare. However, they can occur and fires in waste facilities can be very hard to extinguish.
Some types of batteries are more likely to cause fires than others, but all batteries need to be treated with respect, especially if they are damaged or exposed to heat and proper storage and handling can minimise the fire and explosion risk.
5. Reduce costs to local councils
Like any recycling, battery recycling helps to minimise waste operation, which is funded by Council Tax that householders pay.
6. Batteries are easy to recycle
Now more than ever, batteries are easy to dispose of and recycle. Do you know where your nearest battery recycling point is? Does your local Council collect waste batteries at kerbside?