Recycling batteries is VERY important, for various reasons.
We bet you didn’t know these 7 interesting facts about batteries and why you should recycle them!!
- Leak Harmful Metals -Batteries can leak heavy harmful metals, such as nickel, cadmium and lithium which contaminate our local soils, groundwater, and streams.
- Human Health Problems – Harmful toxins can be ingested by wildlife, which may eventually make their way up the food chain and into the human body….which can cause severe health problems!
- Only 5% of batteries in Canada are properly recycled a year. We need a #green-tervention — It is 2016 people… let’s increase this number!!
- 28% of consumers throw their batteries in the trash… which definitely is not very #green. Please help improve the recycling rate of batteries by participating in battery recycling week from November 14th to 18th in Peterborough!
- 81% of consumers agreed that they would recycle their batteries if it was more convenient. Fortunately, the City of Peterborough has made battery recycling a piece of #green cake!! All you need to do is place your dry-cell batteries in a Ziploc bag and place it on top of your “paper blue box”!
- Technology has increased our reliance on batteries. Canadians throw away over 745 million batteries a year…with this number on the rise with technology use increasing. Be a part of the solution by properly recycling your batteries at home.
- Useful materials – Batteries are non-biodegradeable, meaning they don’t break down in landfills ….and will remain there forever. It is therefore important that batteries can be recycled and made into new products, like taking the lead and reusing them in automotive batteries or to make plastic covers for new batteries. Battery recycling also ensure that the battery acid is neutralized before released.
You can help by placing your dead-cell batteries into your “paper blue box” next week from November 14th-November 18th in Peterborough.
If your batteries are dead…YOU should recycle instead!
Commit a #RandomActofGreen by recycling your batteries next week and tag us when you do 🙂
Please remember that you can bring your batteries back to the House Hold Hazardous Waste Depot located at 400 Pido Road all year long. They are open Wed – Sat, 8 am – 4 pm. 400 Pido Road. Visit peterborough.ca/waste for more details.