Did you know that not all batteries are created equal? Some batteries can safely be deposited in the rubbish can, with no ill effects. Others contain heavy metals that may leak into the ground, and poison the environment.
Sydney residents should not toss mobile phone batteries or handsets. The Mobile Phone Industry Recycling Program (MPIRP) works with MRI Australia to recycle mobiles and prevent the formation of dioxins and furans by their careless disposal. The city of Sydney offers regular e-waste drop off days, when residents can drop off their mobiles free for recycling. Laptop batteries, while not containing an environmental risk, can also be recycled through e-waste drop off. Visit recyclingnearyou.org.au for more information.
Store your old car batteries in a safe spot in your home until the city of Sydney sponsors their next Household Chemical Cleanout Day. Lead acid batteries are recoverable up to 96%. The components of car batteries are reused, and the acid is neutralised.
Industrial, lithim, batteries do not contain toxic metals, but they can cause a fire hazard as they break down, so environmentalists recommend they be recycled.
Rechargeable nickel cadmium (NiCd) batteries contain toxic materials, and should be recycled by returning to the manufacturer. Rechargeable nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH) batteries contain electrolyte, which can be hazardous in large amounts.
Household batteries, alkaline, or carbon-zinc, may be put into the usual rubbish collection. They contain no hazardous metals, and can safely go to the landfill. However, they are also accepted by the city of Sydney for recycling on Chemical Cleanout days.
Sydney residents should visit www.cleanout.com.au or call the Environment Line on 131 555 for more information on Chemical Cleanout days and recycling in Sydney.
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