Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m a recycling fanatic. I honestly think the same parts of my brain that love recycling are the same parts that appreciate a well-organized space. I appreciate efficiency and despise waste. Recycling just makes sense. Earth’s resources are limited, so it just makes sense to be efficient, re-use, and not waste! I want to do all I can to help.
Luckily, my town gives us recycling bins that gets collected once a week. It always feels so good when the recycling bin is more full than the garbage bin. Unfortunately, not everything ‘recyclable’ is allowed in the recycling bins, so I have to take matters into my own hands.
Batteries are one of them. Batteries, however, should not be put in the trash! I really liked this explanation of the importance:
Batteries contain toxic materials, such as lead, mercury, cadmium and lithium. If disposed with the regular trash, these batteries can corrode and leak these hazardous compounds into the ground, contaminating the groundwater, once they are buried in the landfill. –Wiki Answers
Personally, I think people throw away batteries out of convenience and lack of forethought, not because they hate the environment. Change is hard until it becomes habit. What do I do when something important needs to change that isn’t automatic? Make a plan, of course!
The plan for batteries is easy: create your own battery recycling container and put it in a convenient place that is easy to get to when you change batteries. Maybe even in the same place you keep your new batteries or at least close by. I know what you are thinking: this idea is enormous and earth shattering. Ha! Well, humor me still.
When your battery container fills up or once a year (whichever is soonest), take the container to a local battery shop for recycling. I know that my local organic grocery store has a battery recycling station. I would suggest getting a new container each year as well. Glass would probably be even better than plastic at not letting any toxins leech through – my next container will be glass. Maybe a large container of pickles? Mmm.
A battery recycling container. Sometimes solutions can be so simple. Those are usually my favorite.
Go and throw away batteries no more!
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