Earth911 is honoring the 52 years of Earth Day with 52 Actions for the Earth. Every week by way of Earth Day 2023, we are going to share an motion you’ll be able to take to spend money on the Earth and make your individual life extra sustainable. The flip of the yr is a superb time to care for a few of these jobs round the home that we regularly postpone. This week, you’ll be able to take motion for the Earth and clear some area at dwelling by switching your batteries.
Motion: Change Your Batteries
Lately, almost the whole lot we personal incorporates a battery. From watch batteries to toys powered by single-use AA or AAA batteries to our rechargeable energy instruments, and naturally, our automobiles, there are a number of totally different sorts of batteries in a house. What all of them have in frequent is that they’re dangerous for the setting and sometimes arduous to get rid of safely. Batteries comprise purple record chemical substances like cadmium, mercury, and lead. When folks get rid of batteries in a landfill or incinerator, these chemical substances will be launched into groundwater and the air.
Many states ban batteries from disposal within the rubbish. Many others don’t particularly regulate batteries, however batteries nonetheless meet their definition of hazardous waste. Even the place disposal is unlawful, recycling batteries will be difficult. The various totally different sorts of battery comprise totally different chemical substances with totally different recycling processes and dealing with necessities. And group assets for recycling differ extensively throughout the nation. Because of this, almost each dwelling has a stash of lifeless batteries. That pile of batteries simply retains rising whereas we anticipate a straightforward recycling answer.
This week, dig out that stash of previous batteries and work out the way to recycle every sort. Use Earth911’s dwelling battery recycling information to begin. Most of your previous batteries will in all probability be the previous sort of single-use battery, however even rechargeable batteries finally die and should be recycled. Don’t neglect to gather and recycle the larger and extra uncommon batteries like rechargeable device batteries when you’re at it.
To seek out your nearest battery recycling location, use Earth911’s Recycling Locator or use the recycling search device. In case your native recycling choices are restricted, look into mail-in recycling applications. As you analysis your choices, make a remark of the varieties of batteries you utilize most.
Change Your Batteries
Now that you’ve a transparent concept of the varieties of batteries you utilize, you’ll be able to take a couple of minutes to search out extra sustainable options. Most of your electronics in all probability already use rechargeable batteries, however these days, you’ll be able to even change disposable AA and AAA batteries with rechargeable choices.
However you may need a inventory of disposables readily available. Should you do, go forward and use them earlier than recycling them. As you utilize up your present inventory of batteries, select extra sustainable ones to exchange them. If you wish to go even additional, think about a conveyable photo voltaic vitality system to recharge your units and your new batteries, and even change your house to photo voltaic electrical energy.