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Safe Battery Disposal

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May 31, 2013
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Everywhere you go you see computers, cell phones, and all sorts of other electronic devices that are being powered by batteries. On top of that, cars won’t even be able to turn on unless they have a working battery. Batteries are the source of life for all of our cars and electronics. But what happens when batteries die, or you no longer need an electronic device that has a battery in it? The trash can is no place for an old battery. Instead, you must take the time to find safe battery disposal.

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When it comes to batteries, you have to dispose of them the proper way. They can cause significant harm to the environment if you throw them away in your regular trash can. Batteries are made from metals, acid, gas and other chemicals. Some even contain lithium, nickel, cadmium, lead, mercury, potassium and calcium. The metals contained in batteries are what makes them particularly dangerous if they are not correctly disposed of. When batteries are left in landfills, these metals and chemicals are absorbed by the soil and water in the ground. As the batteries deteriorate, these chemicals are also released into the air causing pollution. Cadmium is especially easy for plants to absorb, which can affect fruits, vegetables, and even grass.

Not only are batteries harmful to the environment, but they are also toxic to humans and animals. When plants absorb cadmium and other chemicals, they can leave traces in fruits and vegetables that humans and animals can consume. Contaminated water can leave people feeling ill and prone to side effects such as abdominal pain, nausea, and headaches. Some more severe effects include liver and kidney damage, skin irritation, asthma, decreased IQ in children, and cancer.

When you choose to recycle batteries instead of dumping them in landfills, you are making the right decision. The effects of not recycling e-waste are not worth the damage they can cause. Take the time to contact a professional e-waste removal partner, such as West Coast Computer Recycler. If you live in Los Angeles or Orange County, you can visit one of their convenient locations and businesses can even request a free pickup! The safety of the world is in your hands.

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