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Single Use Batteries

ISSUES / CHALLENGES

  • 600 million batteries are thrown away each year (UK only)
  • Only a third are collected for recycling. Batteries contain many valuable resources including zinc, manganese and steel. If they are not recycled, these resources are wasted, and additional strain is placed on the environment to mine new resources for new batteries.
  • Batteries also contain elements such as lithium and in a landfill, these can leach into the soil and groundwater with harmful effects on the surrounding ecosystem.

DATA SOURCES (LINKS)

EFFECTS

Landfill Waste

Wastes Resources

Wastes Money

Environmentally Toxic

DO

  • Consider purchasing electronics that can be charged via USB instead, or those that utilise direct electricity, if possible.

BENEFITS

Less Waste

Saves Money

Increased Item Life

Recycleable

LEARN

  • “How Batteries Work” by Adam Jacobson
  • How are batteries recycled?

MEDIA FORMAT

Video

BENEFITS

Reuseable

Less Waste

Saves Money

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