Sustainability: What To Do With Old Cell-Phone Batteries

Date November 22, 2017 12:47

The majority of people have a drawer full of discarded stuff and, nowadays, you are likely to find a lot of used-up batteries in there.

If you are one of these people, you should know that you do not need to keep accumulating the batteries in your drawer, as there is a suitable destination for this type of polluting material. First of all, you need to know what type of battery you need to discard, and which places in your town will collect it.

It should be unnecessary to remind that you should not, under any circumstances, discard batteries of any kind in your daily trash. The substances present in batteries can contain heavy metals like mercury, lead and cadmium, which are harmful to the environment and toxic to humans. And when discarded among organic trash, they can result in the contamination of the soil, rivers and groundwater, in addition to contributing to problems related to the health of the population.

The good news is that cellphones have a larger recycling market than any other electronic device. Thus, due to the constant – and rapid – development in technology, manufacturers have already begun making products which are less polluting. The bad news is that only 10% of the population seems to discard their devices properly.

Although newer batteries have a lower pollution potential, they are still produced with toxic elements such as copper, manganese, iron, aluminum, cobalt and nickel.

The truth is that, when you purchase a new phone, you hardly think about how to properly dispose of the older one. You don’t even give it a second thought after you store it in that drawer full of “old junk" at home. However, if you have an environmentally friendly attitude, how or where should you discard your old phone?

There are steps you should take in order to prepare your phone for recycling:

First of all, when you buy a new phone, make sure you transfer all data from your old phone to the new one. Then, go to “settings” on your old phone and look for the option “revert back to factory configuration". After selecting this function, all the data already stored on your mobile phone will be deleted permanently.

The next step is to look for stores and establishments which possess the orange trash bin, which intended for the collection of batteries and electronic devices. You will find this particular bin for recycling electronics in bank agencies, large chains of drugstores and/or in public buildings. In addition, any old or new battery can be forwarded to distributors and technical assistance stores authorized by the manufacturers. Usually, the manufacturers themselves also provide means for the consumer to communicate with them in order to make this task easier.

The truth is that batteries also have a high economic value due to the presence of these chemical elements and metals. Therefore, in addition to several ways in which batteries can be recycled, the process can also be profitable.

So let's clean up our junk drawers and have a more eco-friendly attitude! Remember to share this information with your friends and family, so that we can all develop a more environmentally-friendly attitude and build a better world together!

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