BATTERIES CAN SPARK TROUBLE
Batteries make our world a more functional space and are part of everyday life, but they can also be hazardous depending on what they are made of and how we dispose of them. There are a wide range of battery types, many of which contain toxic metals such as cadmium, lithium, mercury and lead. Others contain valuable materials like magnesium and zinc.
Batteries should never be put in your recycling bin, waste bin, or skip bin! Rechargeable batteries and lithium-ion batteries are hazardous and could produce sparks that may start a fire in the truck, the skip or the waste pile. This includes batteries in laptops, mobile phones, power tools and motor vehicles.
Recycling batteries keeps toxic materials out of landfill where they can contaminate the soil and groundwater. It also ensures the valuable materials in batteries can be recycled and reused, therefore reducing the use of natural resources in the production of new batteries.