Okay, we need batteries. It just seems like we aren’t thinking this through because we come up with all these brilliant ideas without thoroughly thinking about the consequences.
The issue of lithium batteries that are being used for car and solar powered facilities is another story. The batteries to discuss right now are those that are in use in every single one of our homes and lives.
Car Batteries: Nearly 99 million wet-cell lead-acid car batteries are manufactured every year. Nearly 90 percent of all lead-acid batteries are recycled. That’s good. The only reason that is happening is because when you go in to get a new battery for your car, most states require by law for that retailer to accept & recycle the old one. Few people even flinch at the extra charge added to the transaction for this recycling process.
Lead-based Batteries: These are the ones commonly used to power industrial equipment. Fortunately, the big box home improvement stores are accepting these for recycling. It does take effort on the consumers part to make this happen. These batteries are considered hazardous material to any landfill because of the lead content.
Household – Dry-Cell Batteries: About three billion dry-cell batteries are sold annually in the United States, averaging about 32 per family or 10 per person. These are the ones that are just way too easy to through into our household trash. STOP that! We have to become more responsible with this type of trash.
One of the biggest problems that you have with keeping old batteries around is that you throw them in a drawer, then 6 months later when you are looking for a good battery, you never can remember if those are good batteries or bad batteries. Take an old sock. Put your old batteries in that sock. When it gets full, take it for recycling.