The most common method for a battery to run out of charge is, naturally, when it’s constantly used. A battery’s charge is limited and once it’s gone, it can never be used again, unless it’s a rechargeable battery. Rechargeable batteries can be restored to full charge via the application of electrical energy. The electrochemical reaction that releases their energy is readily reversible; in this case, they are a type of accumulator.
You might think that since a used up battery is essentially useless, you can just throw it away. It isn’t as simple as that. Used batteries have created many environmental concerns, primary of which is toxic metal pollution. They also contribute to electronic waste. If swallowed either by humans or animals, batteries are harmful. Batteries also contain elements that can be harmful to the environment if leaked, such as mead, mercury and cadmium. Due to these reasons, you should not just throw the batteries in a trash like other waste materials. Instead, here are a few tips you can do to get rid of a used up battery:
- Make sure it’s a non-rechargeable battery first. Yes, it might seem like a stupid tip but you have no idea how many people just carelessly throw a battery away just because they thought it’s a non-rechargeable one. The most common instance of this are those batteries that already come with the remote control of your appliances such as TVs or stereo sound systems. Some of the batteries that come with them are rechargeable ones. Most people assume they’re not and once they’re used up, they just throw them in the bin.
- Put them in a battery recycling center. Check in your area if there are recycling services for used up batteries. Battery recycling services can recover some of the materials found in used batteries and they also know of how to properly dispose these batteries without harming the environment. If you’re not sure whether your area has them, call your local recycling center and ask if they do offer such a service and if not, inquire from them where. Most recycling centers can refer you to other recycling stations that offer specific services.
- Collect batteries of the same kind then ship them to the manufacturer. If you’re the type of person who only uses one brand, then it might be a good idea to collect them first. Once you have a substantial number of used batteries, check if there is a return address in the battery packaging and then ship it to them for proper disposal.
- Use rechargeable ones. The best way to get rid of used up batteries is to simply not buy non-rechargeable ones. There are many advantages to getting rechargeable batteries. You can save money, for one, and you won’t have to find spaces for extra batteries since you’ll just be using that set over and over.
As a concerned resident of Planet Earth, it is your job to take care of it, and part of that job is to ensure that you get rid of your waste properly. Remember, take care of the Planet and you take care of humanity.
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