Why Do We Need to Recycle Batteries?

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Battery recycling can seem irritating if you're used to throwing dead batteries into the garbage. Learn why it's important to recycle your batteries on an environmental level, and on a legal level.

Chemicals

  • Though the chemical composition of batteries varies by type, all batteries contain toxins that leach into the environment if disposed of in landfills. Battery toxins include mercury, nickel and lead.

Effects

  • If these toxins get burned, they can pollute water systems and increase levels of lead and acid in the environment, warns website Earth911. Throwing batteries into landfills means they will eventually pollute, whereas recycling promotes a less toxic air and water quality.

Legal

  • Thirty states mandate recycling of lead-containing batteries, with three states mandating recycling of cell phone batteries, and eight states requiring rechargeable battery recycling. Recycling batteries may be a legal issue, depending on your state of residence (see the Resource section of this article).

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