Recycle Batteries

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Why Recycle Batteries ?

Canadians for instance, will buy over 500 million batteries this year. By recycling batteries we can help protect the environment from harmful substances.

Despite the fact that batteries are classified as hazardous waste approximately 90% of these batteries will end up in municipal landfills or incinerators.

As a result, heavy metals and toxic chemicals may leach into nearby groundwater or be released into the atmosphere.

Batteries used to operate a large number of household gadgets and electronics can be and should be recycled!

Types of Batteries

It is first important to make the distinction between the two primary types of batteries – alkaline and rechargeable.

Alkaline batteries refer to the common disposable batteries such as AAA, AA, C, D and 9-volts.

Rechargeable batteries are not only reusable AAA, AA, C and D batteries but also include the batteries found in devices such as portable phones, laptops, cordless power tools, etc.

Battery Recycling Tips

The best way to dispose of your used batteries depends on the type of batteries.

Alkaline batteries should be taken to your community’s hazardous waste depot. Information on these disposal locations can be found on your municipality’s website.

Rechargeable batteries can be recycled through the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation which has more than 1000 drop off location in Ontario alone. To find the location closest to you visit
http://www.rbrc.org/start.php

How are Batteries Recycled

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