We generally dispose of our waste products by putting them into the dustbin, but there are certain products that should never be thrown into the dustbin, an example of that is a battery. Some batteries are a one-time use whereas some others are reusable, regardless of their type most of the batteries contain harmful chemicals such as mercury, cadmium, lead copper, lithium etc. Alkaline batteries are not made up of harmful chemicals and so can be disposed of by putting them in the trash can but this isn’t the case with all the batteries. The batteries can easily dissolve into the ground soil in landfill sites and enter our water systems, putting both our environment and health into danger. All the batteries have a limited lifecycle and so they all need to be thrown away properly. This hazardous waste removal should be carried out with care.
How to dispose of batteries
1. Check your local electronic and hardware shopsThe best way to dispose of is to simply return the battery from the shop you initially bought it from, even if they don’t accept it, they would be able to suggest you some places that would.
2. Call the waste collection serviceYour local garbage man would accept these batteries or will be able to suggest you a drop off site or a waste management services Melbourne center in which you can drop it off at.
3. Find recycling facilitiesCertain community services carry out recycling batteries and organize hazardous waste collection programs, so look around in your local region for these types of events.
How to store dead batteries till you safely dispose of them?
Don’t just randomly place them everywhere, it’s always a good idea to tape the two terminals. A dead battery will contain a little bit of charge that can conduct electricity when the two terminals touch and hence start a fire. Storing them near a flammable item can also lead to a fire, so make sure that you store them in a cool dry place. To avoid any major issues, store the battery in a non-conductive material such as a cardboard box, this will definitely minimize the risk of fire, and rupture. But don’t end up storing different types of the battery together in one place as this can lead to a chemical reaction that can actually end up causing leakage and starting a fire. Store different types of batteries in different containers and try to dispose of them safely as soon as possible.