Why you shouldn’t throw batteries into your bin | Recycle old batteries

For cardboard and glass recycling, Bristol waste management companies seem to offer a lot in terms of education and services. But what about battery recycling? Many people in the UK still aren’t aware that their old batteries shouldn’t be thrown into their regular bin! And if you’re one of the many that don’t know why, this blog is here to explain.

Why can’t batteries go in the bin?

Batteries come in two main forms, primary (these can be used just once) and secondary (these can be recharged and reused many times). Most batteries on the market today contain heavy metals including the likes of lithium, lead, copper, zinc, potassium, manganese, cadmium, and mercury. When these elements end up in a landfill site, they can permeate into the ground soil and water supplies and end up being extremely harmful to human health and the environment. When you place your old batteries into your regular waste bin, you’re playing a part in the process of harmful chemicals making their way into our water.

How to dispose of or recycle your batteries safely

There are various ways that you can get rid of old unwanted batteries, without having a negative impact on ecological systems. There’s no excuse for throwing batteries into regular bins when there are so many options for disposal. Here are a few of your options:

* Request a battery bag from the local authority. Once it’s full, leave it on top of your recycling bin and it will be collected and recycled for you.

* Drop batteries off at a battery bank. UK local authorities make it quite easy for the community to recycle their batteries. Battery banks have been placed at most grocery stores (if you don’t see it up front, ask a shop assistant) and leisure centres. Simply drop the batteries into the bank the next time you are in the area.

* Change your battery use habits. Instead of purchasing batteries that you keep throwing away, invest in rechargeable batteries and a charger. This way, your set of batteries will remain in use and there’s no need to potentially contaminate the environment.

Be the change you wish to see in the world

Everyone wants to be part of a world (or country) that takes recycling and the environment seriously. If you aren’t sure how to recycle or dispose of something, get in touch with your local waste collection Bristol company. Make sure that your waste disposal and recycling efforts are responsible.

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