Fully Charged Recycling
Author: Jess McCallum
Each year, over 300 million household batteries are thrown away with ordinary waste, meaning a staggering 8,000 tonnes of batteries end up in landfill. As well as representing a waste of resources, throwing batteries into landfill also allows toxic materials to leak into the soil and ground water.
Many homes and businesses have a stockpile of batteries waiting to be recycled. How many do you have?
The good news is there are an increasing number of free and easily accessible recycling options for this common item.
In the absence of government legislation making battery manufacturers take responsibility for the items they produce, some retailers, like ALDI and Battery World, have taken the lead. In fact, ALDI, with the support of Planet Ark, is the first supermarket in Australia to offer a free recycling service for household batteries in every store. No fuss, no fee.
In its first year of operation the ALDI Activ Energy Battery Recycling Program collected an astonishing 28 tonnes of AA, AAA, C, D and 9 Volt batteries for recycling - a fantastic result!
Battery World stores accept a wide range of batteries for recycling including those from mobile phones, computers, handheld games, remote controls, cars and boats, and power tools. The Melbourne-based Batteryback program also accepts a wide variety of battery types. Increasingly, councils are providing collection points for their residents.
To find local recycling options visit the battery page on Planet Ark's RecyclingNearYou.com.au
Of course the best way to reduce battery waste is to use rechargeables. Rechargeable technology makes batteries much better for the environment and for your wallet.
For programs like these to be successful in reducing waste they need to become well known. Sharing this article with your friends, family and colleagues is one way you can contribute to a better environment.