Dry cell batteries contribute about 88% of the total mercury and 50% of cadmium in the municipal solid waste stream.
May 6, 2009
A battery here, a battery there, Batteries thrown away without a care, Help keep Earth's power out of the red, Think green when your batteries are dead.
They Keep Going and Going
We are all familiar with the popular commercials of the battery-powered pink rabbit endlessly banging on a drum; however, its slogan has come true in a different way. When incinerated or disposed of improperly, everyday household batteries, which contain heavy metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, and nickel, are harmful to the environment and keep going and going long after they are dead. So whether you have a AAA, AA, C, D, 9V, rechargeable, or any other dry-cell battery type, keep the following tips in mind.
Buy hand operated or alternative energy powered items such as radios or flashlights. You can find a wide selection of these devices at your local electronics store or online at websites such as 21st Century Goods. Look for batteries that have less mercury and heavy metals.
Use rechargeable batteries, but keep in mind that they still may contain heavy metals such as nickel-cadmium and need to be disposed of properly. Find the latest and greenest rechargeable battery options on the market at Green Batteries.
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