Local residents are being urged to get their batteries recycled. Some household batteries contain chemicals like lead, mercury or cadmium. If batteries are thrown into a normal rubbish bin, they are likely to end up in landfill. Once buried, the batteries start to break down, and can leak some of these chemicals into the ground. This can cause soil and water pollution, which may be a health risk for humans.
Recycling avoids this and can also help recover some of the raw materials used for making batteries. These can be used to make other products. So recycling can save some of the planet's resources, by reducing the need to mine new materials.
Many of the items you regularly use at home will be run on batteries. Batteries from all of the following items, and many others, can be recycled:
- Mobile phones
- Hearing aids
- Portable cameras
- Cordless power tools
- Electric toothbrushes
- Hand-held vacuum cleaners
Look out for the 'Be Positive' signs in shop windows and in stores to find these collection points.