Each day, the amount of batteries in landfills increase astronomically. With that growing number also comes an increase in e-waste, which can be harmful to you and our planet.
What’s The Issue?
In recent years, there has been an increase in the amount of batteries across the globe. This is due to the staggering amount of portable electronics in the global market. These batteries are found in phones, camera, laptops, and even children’s toys. Most of the time, our used batteries often end up in the trash because we don’t know what else to do with them.
Batteries take up a significant amount of space in that old junk drawer, from trying to find the ones at you can actually use in your device to just not knowing where to put them. It is truly a guessing game when it comes to batteries. Most of the time, those old used up batteries just get thrown in the trash, but with all the harmful chemicals used in batteries you are doing more harm then you originally thought.
There has been a huge environmental impact of battery production and disposal methods around the world. Most people don’t know what to do when it comes to recycling battery operated devices. Batteries in landfills have been popping up everywhere, releasing harmful chemicals in water supplies, soil and even the air.
Batteries In The Environment
When your throw those used batteries into the trash, they go to a landfill. Batteries in landfills aren’t a good combination for not only environmental reasons- they are also a health risk. Batteries contain various amounts of chemicals such as; lead, cadmium, manganese, silver, zinc, nickel, lithium, mercury and even acids. While these chemicals are toxic to the environment, they are also toxic to you.
Air Pollution: Due to the photo-chemical reaction that batteries undergo as they lay in landfills, these emissions of greenhouse gases are released into the air which could be a contributor to climate change and global warming.
Water Pollution: The chemicals can also find their way into the surrounding water supplies. The harshest consequence of this leakage is the death of various animals and plants, which can severely impact the ecosystem of various water sources. This also impacts the general public should someone drink or eat anything from a contaminated water supply. Their health could be at risk.
Soil Pollution: The main issue are these chemicals seeping into the soil once the batteries start to decompose in landfills. These chemicals can cause significant problems with plant growth and even food supplies. Once these chemicals are introduced to the soil, all of the plant life growing in the contaminated soil would become affected.
Most modern cell phones and laptops manufactured include a lithium-ion powered battery. While these powerful batteries pack a punch, they are also known to start fires if not properly disposed of. Lithium batteries include a small amount of flammable liquid which if they are exposed to high heat and over usage, can catch fire.
They only way for these batteries to be disposed of is in a special room with no oxygen and at room temperature. If you’re unsure where to drop these batteries off, stop by an ecoATM kiosk nearest you to recycle your broken phones and tablets, free of charge. If your device still has monetary value, ecoATM will buy your old phone or tablet for quick cash on the spot.
Recycling batteries is a simple process. Start by gathering up all your used or old batteries and finding a battery recycling center that is close to you. If you are looking to add the possibility of quick cash for your device, stop by an ecoATM and get an instant offer for your phone or tablet.
Computers and bigger electronics are recycled differently. To properly recycle these devices, you will have to find a recycling center in your area. A quick internet search with your town or city name should help find a nearby center or upcoming date in which one will be available.