Dead Batteries..! What should I do with dead battery.?
This question bothers every one. Thought we use rechargeable batteries in most of our electronic gadgets, the usage of regular (Single-use) batteries has never decreased in our daily life. And how to handle them once these batteries are dead is the question we get once we see the pile of dead batteries in our shelves.
Before we know how to handle dead batteries, Let us first know if we can or cannot throw them with regular trash :
Batteries are made of various different materials. These materials include acid, lead, nickel, lithium, cadmium, alkaline, mercury and nickel metal hydride. When batteries are not properly disposed of the casing can disintegrate and the toxic chemicals within can leach into the surrounding environment. The leaking material can contaminate the soil and water and some of the elements can accumulate in wildlife and humans.
But how ever, not all batteries are hazardous.
As Duracell’s website says: “Alkaline batteries can be safely disposed of with normal household waste.” Energizer confirms that regular batteries are fine to toss in the trash, but says rechargeable batteries should be recycled.
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So how to handle dead batteries..?
In most cases household, single use batteries such as AA, AAA, C and D cells cannot be recycled
Lead acid batteries used in automotive applications are hazardous waste and can be recycled
Nickel-cadmium (NiCd) rechargeable batteries are considered hazardous waste and must be recycled.
Button cell batteries for hearing aids, small toys and watches, contain silver and mercury. They are hazardous waste and can be recycled.
So choose wisely and buy a rechargeable battery. Yes it costs more but still you get the value for money. But the best part is, you will be the responsible human being.
And make sure you call a recycler to recycle your dead batteries.