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7 reasons to recycle batteries

Batteries are used every day to power a variety of products from fire alarms to automobiles. But what do you do with them when they run out of juice? Batteries are considered hazardous waste and should not be thrown away in the trash, nor can they be put in with your curbside recycling. Although there are many programs available to collect and recycle batteries, too few consumers use them. Here are seven reasons to recycle your batteries.


1. It’s good for the environment

Hundreds of thousands of batteries are tossed in the trash each year where they decompose and leach toxic waste into the ground, often contaminating our water supply. Recycling reduces greenhouse gas emissions and helps keep batteries out of landfills.


2. It protects animals and humans

When not properly disposed of, the toxins released by batteries can end up being ingested by wildlife and can make their way up the food chain into the human body. The substances in batteries are known to cause cancer and other serious health issues.


3. It creates a circular economy

The best way to make new batteries is to use the recycled materials from old batteries. Doing so creates a circular economy instead of a wasteful one.


4. It lessens the risk of fires

Batteries are a fire hazard. They can short-circuit and ignite if a connection is made between the terminals. Recycling your batteries helps avoid the risk of them catching fire in your home or in landfills.


5. It reduces the need for mining

Mining is extremely harmful to the environment, and it depletes our natural resources. Recycling reduces the need for mining by reusing non-renewable materials like cobalt, nickel, lead and mercury.


6. It decreases the cost of new batteries

Recovering and reusing materials decreases manufacturing costs and helps maintain reasonable prices for new batteries.


7. It pays

You can make money by collecting old lead-acid and lithium-ion batteries and taking them to a metal recycling facility.


Battery recycling in Edmonton

General Recycling Industries Ltd. offers safe battery recycling in Edmonton. Batteries are toxic and harmful to the environment so it’s important to ensure that they don’t end up in our landfills. We hold a permit to recycle lead-acid batteries, including car, boat and industrial-level models. Dispose of your batteries properly by bringing them to one of our convenient locations. Contact us today for more information.