Charge Up Your Battery Knowledge
The small, but mighty battery is an indispensable part of our daily life. From mobile phones and laptops to toys and remote controls, we rely on batteries to power us through the day.
No matter the type of battery, disposing of them properly is important. Batteries are made from many different types of natural resources and chemicals. Lots of these materials can be reused to make new ones or other products. Throwing batteries in the bin means these resources will be lost forever. Moreover, it’s important to keep batteries out of landfill as they contain heavy metals that can leak and pollute the surrounding soil and water.
Here are some ideas to keep your batteries charged up and out of the bin!
Rechargeable batteries and beyond
There are lots of different types of batteries out there. Some are rechargeable, like those found in our mobiles or electric toothbrushes. Others such as button batteries – in our watches for example –or standard AA’s need disposing of when finished with.
Try to use and buy products that require the same types of batteries. You could also consider investing in rechargeable batteries so that you can use them again and again. Many chargers are even solar powered. Also remember to plug your electrical items into the mains instead of using the battery when possible.
Recycling your batteries
When you do have dead batteries, recycling them is easy and good for the environment. Most big stores and supermarkets collect small household batteries. You can simply drop them off at your convenience. Use this handy recycling locator to find out where your nearest drop off point is.
We are running a series of WEEE recycling events through February as well. Stands are set-up at locations across west London for you to drop off any small electrical items you no longer use, including batteries. Click here to find out when we’re holding a collection near you!
As we use batteries more in our daily lives – wireless items, electric cars, etc. – battery technology continues to make strides. One breakthrough is the diamond battery. According to Forbes, last year a research team at the University of Bristol developed a way to use a type of nuclear waste to generate electricity in a nuclear-powered battery that is an actual diamond. We’re looking forward to hearing more about this breakthrough, especially since it derives from waste and doesn’t produce any.