"Battery Recycling"

By KBJR News 1

January 27, 2011 Updated Jan 27, 2011 at 7:59 AM CST


Double A...Triple A... Nine Volt... we rely on these types of batteries on a daily basis from controlling our televisions to powering our smoke detectors.

But when they run out, what do you do with them?
Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson has some answers in this weeks "Your Green Life"

From toys to technology, batteries are needed in almost every electronic device.

"We will take those all for free, so if you have a little bucket saved up in a junk drawer, bring those in and we will recycle them for free", said Joe Hennessy. Batteries Plus Assistant Manager.

Even those larger batteries, such as those used to power cars, can be recycled.

"99 percent of that gets reused. The Plastics that get used the break them down, put them into little pellets and reuse them for battery cases and accessories again. The lead gets reused, melted down and used in new batteries. And then the acid itself gets recycled."

Rechargeable batteries are also collected at the Household Hazardous Waste Site at WLSSD in Duluth. They're sent out to be broken down and sometimes rebuilt. It's important to understand that batteries, when thrown out with the garbage, can break down and leak into our drinking water supply.

"The other thing it's hazardous! Lithium batteries are very volatile. If it gets shorted out or touches another metal in the landfill you can cause an explosion."

If you find battery that's leaking take care to handle it with rubber gloves or put it immediately into a plastic bag and then thoroughly wash your hands. In Duluth, I'm Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson, The Northlands NewsCenter.

To search the places you can recycle your batteries visit:
www.earth911.org

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