How to Recycle Waste Batteries

With the development of modern telecommunication industry, battery is used as power to many products like radios, watches, remote control units, toys, cellular phones, laptops, etc. Heavy metals inside the battery react with electrolyte to produce its power. Battery recycling has not yet been paid great attention compared to other material recycling. Waste batteries contain large amounts of heavy metals and electrolyte solutions like waste acid, waste alkali etc. If discarding waste batteries randomly, it will damage our water source, eroding our plant and land. Therefore, all batteries need to be recycled, which is not only for protecting the environment, but also for reusing the useful components inside the battery and saving the resource.


There are some steps you can do for recycling batteries. Firstly, do not throw the waste batteries into your trash bin. You can sort out the waste batteries based on the content or size, like AA, AAA, Lithium battery, carbon zinc, and then collect them in a bag or box, keeping them far away from fire, high temperature and extreme sunlight. Then you can send these batteries to the battery collection station or center.


In Japan, there is a company collecting waste batteries from all over the country up to 1.3 ton each year, which takes up 20% of all the waste batteries in the whole country. The way they collect is that 93% through civilian organization, and 7% through factories. In the past, they mainly recycle the mercury inside the battery, but nowadays the batteries in Japan no longer contains mercury, so they mainly recycle the iron shell and the raw material of “black”, and reuse them in the production of other products like TV’s kinescope.


Besides recycling the waste battery, there’s something more you can do as well. For example, when you go to buy new batteries, try to buy re-chargeable batteries, and better with less mercury & heavy metals. Do not buy new batteries for stock unless you indeed need them.


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