Recycling Your Unused Batteries for a Healthier Environment
Recycling Your Unused Batteries
for a Healthier Environment
It should come as no surprise that batteries contain toxic
chemicals that can damage the environment when
disposed of improperly. That’s the bad news. The good
news is that many batteries are made from lead. They can
easily be recycled as they are composed of about 70%
lead. Most of the lead can be reused.
The following are the two types of batteries when
• Single use batteries
• Rechargeable Batteries
In some states it is illegal to throw out any battery and must be
recycled. In other states, it is still permissible to dispose of
common purpose batteries but may have restrictions on larger
scale batteries such as motor vehicle batteries.
Recycling Rechargeable Batteries Are Not as Cost
Rechargeable batteries can be recycled but are not as cost
effective to do it. Still, with growing environmental concerns
and stricter laws, the landscape for this is changing. In the near
future, you may find that most states require recycling of all
batteries. Your municipality should publish recycling
instructions if changes are enacted.
Many recycling plants are set up to recycle for lead acid types of
batteries. These plants are finding that lithium-ion (Li-ion) are
being included into the mix. At high volumes of processing, it is
difficult to tell when this occurs and it has been known to cause
fires and personal injury. Mixing the Li-ion in with the lead
acid can cause explosions.
Visit this website for more information on recycling batteries in
San Diego - http://www.batteryworldsd.com/recycling