What do you do with the batteries in your house once they are dead?
Do you throw them in the garbage or do you make sure they are recycled?
Day 341: Give 341
More than two billion household batteries are disposed of each year into a landfill. What’s wrong with that? Does a dead battery really effect the planet that much?
I wanted to know what happens to the planet when you throw your batteries in the regular garbage. I went to Green Answers to find the answer. (with every questioned asked a tree is planet). Here was the best answer:
“Sending batteries to the landfill fills them up and potentially leaks toxic metals into the ground and water table. Batteries comprise 20% of the hazardous materials in landfills, and they leak toxic metals when their casings are destroyed which is what happens in landfills. This is why it is suggested to use rechargeable batteries because they can be reused 1000 times.”
The 3 main toxins that leak from batteries include:
These are not chemicals I personally want to add to our planet. This week I found a great way to recycle my batteries by going to my local Community Centre. A box was set up to make recycling batteries easy and convenient.
Call2Recycle is a not for profit program that has been set up in North America to help reduce the toxic waste entering our landfills. You can drop batteries or cell phones into the drop box and just walk away knowing you have done the right thing for our planet. This year alone they have recycled 582, 080 kilos of batteries diverting them from landfills. That is a lot of toxic waste.
I was very proud of my Community Centre for participating in this program. Maybe your company, local gym or Community Centre would like to join the Call2Recycle program? Helping to save the planet can be as easy as keeping the toxins out of our landfill and into the hands of organizations that are making a difference.
Time Commitment: 2 minutes
I keep any dead batteries in a jar for an easy drop off ( I have changed most our batteries to rechargeable)