FACT FILE: Battery Recycling & Recovery

FACT FILE: Battery Recycling & Recovery

It is a very well-known fact that we have grown increasingly reliant on batteries. We use batteries in cars, television remotes, mobile phones, laptops power tools and in many other types of special equipment. I’d even say that many of us will find it difficult to spend a day without relying on some type of batteries.

But, what happens when a battery dies? We throw it into the bin with every other type of waste, right? This is something that most of us do, but we really shouldn’t. Batteries should be disposed of in the correct manner. You may not know it, but the materials used in a battery are non-renewable, but indefinitely recyclable. As a waste management expert, I urge you to consider hiring professionals to ensure that your batteries are recycled. Not only will you help the environment, but you’ll also put your used battery to good use.

Today, I will be talking about the current state of battery recycling and recovery in Australia. And, I’ll also tell you how you can recycle your batteries. So, listen up!

Battery Recycling and Recovery

Suez Recycling & Recovery reports that Australians consume more than 345 million handheld batteries every year. However, despite Australia boasting of having impressive recycling rates, only 4% of our batteries are recycled.

Some chemicals found in handheld batteries include mercury, lead and cadmium. Car batteries are another common type of battery that we make use of. Every single car battery contains almost 3L of sulphuric acid. These are all potentially hazardous to the environment as well as to human health. This provides even more reason as to why batteries must be recycled.

Now, 98% of a car battery can be recycled to create new products. Some common recycled products created out of car batteries include fertilisers, laundry detergents and glass. Moreover, recycling lead from car batteries uses much lesser energy than refining primary ore. This recycling process also removes lead from the environment.

Another example is in the case of handheld batteries where nickel can be recycled to create stainless steel.

How to ensure that your batteries are recycled

To ensure that your batteries are recycled and simply not dumped into landfills, you must hire professional Brisbane rubbish removers. Professionals, such as my team at 4 Waste Removals, are committed to protecting the environment. Moreover, we’ll help you get rid of all your waste easily and effortlessly.

We offer services across Brisbane Southside and we have access to several recycling depots. When you choose us to remove your waste, we take most of your waste to recycling depots and treatment plants. We never send waste to landfills. When you choose us, we’ll make sure that all your waste, including batteries is disposed in a safe and environmentally-friendly manner.

Conclusion:

Batteries are used everywhere, in our gadgets, tools and many other devices that we use every day. This reliance on batteries has led to growing consumption and creation of battery waste. Now, batteries contain many chemicals that are harmful to the environment and human health. As such, batteries must always be disposed properly.

A significant portion of a battery can be recycled to create useful products. Recycling also reduces energy consumption and reduces the amount of lead in the environment. You must make sure you’re your batteries are always sent for recycling. To do this, you should hire professional rubbish removers such as us at 4 Waste Removals.

Give us a call at 07 3343 3030 to find out how we can help you dispose your waste easily and efficiently. Call us today!