Batteries seem to be a thing of the past. We used to need them for our Walkman, children’s toys, flashlights, and so much more. Everyone had that one junk drawer in their garage or kitchen that was just FILLED to the brim with all kinds of batteries—AAAs, AAs, D’s, C’s, you name it. It was never clear which ones were dead and which ones still had juice. This drawer was nothing but a hot mess. You’d see your family constantly digging for the last
AA. But now we’re in 2017 and just about all of our electronics have rechargeable batteries. Our phones, laptops, everything no longer requires us to carry around a little sandwich baggie full of Duracells.
What is E Waste Drop Off?
An E waste drop off center is a place where individuals and commercial clients can come and recycle their unwanted or unused scrap metals and electronics to divert millions of tons of material from landfills, which favorably impact the U.S. balance of trade and resource sustainability. You can even make some cash for recycling! Good for the planet, good for your wallet.
Can Batteries Be Sent to an E Waste Drop Off Center?
Actually, it turns out that now-a-days, batteries are no longer made with toxic materials and they can actually be thrown into your regular garbage can. But you cannot always be sure—the best way is to just recycle them at an e waste drop off center. Some states and cities consider ALL batteries to be hazardous, so you should check with your local government before tossing them willy-nilly.
As for car batteries or lead-acid batteries, these contain lead and acid. They definitely should not be thrown into your household trash. Take them to a recycling center once you are no longer using them.
Rechargeable batteries should also be taken to a recycling center. The nickel and cadmium can leak into our soil and water supply, causing a lot of damage and harm.
Lithium ion batteries have some valuable materials inside: copper, aluminum, cobalt and nickel. That means you can make some sweet cash off these! You’ll find these batteries in your old laptops or cell phones.
As the digital age grows and grows, it is impossible for us to give up our electronics. Our laptops, cell phones, TVs, and more are all something we have begun to depend on. About 27 million cell phones and 83 million computers are purchased annually. It’s a mystery to some what should be done with our old or broken electronics. But the best and most responsible way to get rid of the old and bring in the new is to recycle them and make cash!