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Batteries April 10, 2008

Filed under: Waste — ecoemails @ 6:25 pm
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On average a household uses 21 batteries a year

A mixed selection of household batteries on a white background.
All of which can be recycled…
If you throw your batteries in your normal rubbish they will either go to landfill or incineration… as they contain hazardous metals (lead, mercury, cadmium, zinc, manganese and lithium) this can result in these chemicals being released in to soil, water ways or the atmosphere.

Rechargeable batteries are better as they reduce the quantity but they also contain heavy metals. You can check packaging to look for batteries with less mercury and heavy metals.

If you want to recycle your batteries go to:

Type in your postcode and it will tell you if your recycling collection takes batteries and if not where the nearest place to your house you can recycle them.


2 Responses to “Batteries”

  1. Thanks for the link! Not sure many people are aware of an online resource like that, that will tell them a nearby recycling facility.

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