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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)
- Store existing batteries properly to prevent leakage and extend battery life.
- Both single use and rechargeable batteries should be recycled when used up. Search for your nearest recycling point (UK search)
- Consider purchasing electronics that can be charged via USB instead, or those that utilise direct electricity, if possible.
Increased Item Life
- “How Batteries Work” by Adam Jacobson
- How are batteries recycled?