09 Jun '12, 5pm

How to recycle batteries - via

How to recycle batteries - via

BATTERY PACK: When car batteries are disposed of in landfills, they can leach into the soil, contaminating groundwater supplies. (Photo: spatulated /Flickr) You're bound to feel good when you learn how to recycle batteries . We use batteries to power any number of household items: remote controls, cameras, flashlights and portable power tools, among others. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, each year Americans buy almost 3 billion dry-cell batteries to power these common household items. The average American discards eight batteries each year. And as we do with other items that we no longer need, it's tempting to just throw used batteries in the trash, but that would be a mistake. Inside a battery, heavy metals react with chemical electrolyte to generate power. The metals found in batteries include mercury, lead, cadmium and nickel. Environmental hazar...

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