Trying to imagine modern society without the use of batteries would be nearly impossible. In many ways, we live in a battery-driven society. Take a moment to consider how many of your household items use batteries – from cars to remote controls and hand-held devices, Battery Day is all about celebrating and recognising just how important the simple battery is to our way of life.
But more than anything, is a day when people across the world are encouraged to participate in battery recycling to celebrate the vital role batteries play in our everyday lives. At the end, without them the modern world couldn’t exist as we know it.
Did you know that recycling your batteries is one of the easiest choices you can make to help the environment? Call2Recycle, North America’s first and largest consumer battery stewardship and recycling organization with headquarters in Atlanta and Toronto, is encouraging consumers across the U.S. and Canada to Lead the Charge on National Battery Day, Feb. 18, 2017, by collecting and recycling used batteries.
How can you #ChargeUp2017?
How much do you know about the science behind batteries or why battery recycling is important?
It is estimated that every household throws away about eight batteries per year. While this does not seem like a terribly high number, imagine eight batteries multiplied by the millions of households inside the UK. Then add on the billions of households around the world, and the end result is truly staggering. In the best case scenario, all of this battery garbage ends up in a landfill, where the heavy metals inside slowly leak out, contaminating the surrounding soil. In the worst case scenario, the garbage is incinerated, releasing these dangerous metals into the air where they can fall to earth with the rain and spread over the soil.
When batteries are recycled, these toxins are kept out of the environment, and valuable metals can be recovered and made into new products. This reduces the number of new materials that must be mined, and gives your old batteries a second life through recycling.
Switch to rechargeable batteries right now
At a certain point, you will realize it’s a lot cheaper to buy rechargeable batteries than to keep on buying “normal” batteries. Not only is it cheaper, but it’s better for the environment. Compare with the alkaline batteries, Lumsing batteries can be recharged up to 1200 times and rechargeable batteries are an easy way to help keep the environment free of toxic metals.
From an environmental standpoint, rechargeable batteries, also called secondary use batteries, are far better than primary use batteries. Instead of only being able to be used just one time, rechargeable batteries are known to work over and over again. When the batteries performance finally becomes compromised, it can be recycled to have a minimal impact on the environment. By simply choosing to purchase rechargeable batteries, homeowners can help keep toxic metals out of the ground and air.
National Battery Day acts as a safety reminder to make a yearly check of all the batteries in your devices, but also to regularly check your smoke alarm and fire alarm batteries. Having working alarms in your home is critical to provide an early warning for any potential fire hazards and the best way to help keep you, your loved ones and your home safe.
Keep your battery going
Another easy way to participate is by learning how to extend your device’s battery life. In the first place, consumers should never mix used and new batteries in a device. This could cause the batteries to leak, which would likely damage your device.
But one of the most important ways you can conserve your battery is to avoid overcharging. Keeping battery-operated devices plugged in after they have reached full charge may reduce battery life over time. Exposing batteries or devices to extreme temperatures can also shorten expected battery life. When batteries become hot they drain faster, so whenever possible store them in a cool place.
Other great tips to extend battery life for devices like your smartphone and tablet include closing out apps when you’re finished using them, turning off your notifications or try switching to airplane mode to save your battery whenever you find yourself in an area with little or no reception.
Don’t hoard – recycle!
Are you a battery hoarder? Got a drawer in the house filled with dead batteries? You aren’t alone. In fact, at least 20 percent of people hold on to their used batteries because they know they shouldn’t be tossed out but don’t know where to dispose of them, according to Call2Recycle, Inc.
Organizations like Call2Recycle make it easy for you to be a responsible battery user by partnering with retailers and municipalities that serve as drop-off locations for battery collection. This network includes retail stores in your own community that you may visit regularly, including Best Buy, The Home Depot, Lowe’s, Sears, Staples and more. Find out where you can drop off your batteries to begin their second life by visiting call2recycle or earth911
Are you ready now to actually lead the charge in 2017?