Would you like to know something cool about car batteries? Once they give up on you, they can be recycled and used to produce more batteries. What this does is close the loop on a product that, if disposed of incorrectly, causes detrimental effects to the environment.
Each battery differs when it comes to what’s inside, this is largely because they’re used for different cars, trucks or commercial vehicles. When it comes to their impact on the environment though, there’s no difference. Some of the biggest impacts include,
- When batteries are disposed of incorrectly, they end up in landfills. As the casing corrodes, the chemicals seep out and leach into the soil, which eventually makes its way into our water streams, causing harm to the water supply.
- Another damaging factor is the lithium contained in certain batteries. When lithium ends up in landfills, it can create a chemical reaction and fire that burns underground for years. This releases toxins into the air that can affect the health of people who live nearby.
- Metals such as cadmium and nickel, core components of car batteries are carcinogenic and – cause cancer in living tissue. This happens when batteries are crushed under the weight of a landfill and make their way to the atmosphere.
The simple way to avoid your battery from harming the environment is by making sure your old car batteries are recycled correctly. With 95% of a battery being recyclable, each battery helps to keep the environment safe.
Next time you need to replace your car battery, visit a Battery Centre. The battery specialists will not only ensure you drive out with a new battery, but also a clean conscience.