Have you ever wondered what destination to give for an old cell phone battery? It may be that you do not usually change it often, but when you get a new device, you will fatally have to give the old one a purpose-and the old battery, too. Cellular batteries have a toxic composition. They are made from substances such as mercury, lead and cadmium, which can harm the environment and seriously harm the health of those who come into contact with their waste.
This is a topic of great importance for us Brazilians, because according to a study released by the United Nations Environment Program(UNEP), the country produces about a pound of electronic waste per person, the emerging one being that More produces this type of detritus.
That’s why you have to give the right destination when discarding the batteries of cell phones. And, fortunately, there are initiatives that seek to give due reasons for this type of waste without impacting the environment. Let’s understand more about this in the following text:
More and more toxic waste comes into contact with nature through the irregular disposal of materials. These toxic elements pollute rivers and seas and are responsible for contributing to decimation of species and impact on the health of people who have contact with these substances.
One of the materials that make up the cell phone batteries, lithium, is besides toxic, flammable and able to expel poisonous fumes. If a battery is disposed of as ordinary waste, it can end up bringing harm to the health of everyone who comes in contact with it and its elements under different conditions.
In addition, failing to give due purpose to a material means not living in a sustainable way, contributing every time to the accumulation of waste and disposal materials.
How to recycle
According to Ablogtophone.com, conventional cell phone batteries can be considered high value potential materials, since they are composed of commercially expensive components. This is the case of lithium, copper and aluminum. The recycling is positive, as it is possible to reuse elements such as iron, copper and aluminum to make stainless steel, electronics in general and new batteries. In addition it is clear to contribute to a cleaner environment and free from the risk of contamination by toxic waste.
Fortunately, most mobile operators and manufacturers offer mechanisms to facilitate battery recycling. The best way to give the proper purpose for this type of waste is to contact the manufacturer of your mobile device directly. Companies that prioritize recycling and sustainability will have special schemes to collect and reuse mobile batteries. Look for information on the Internet or consult your mobile phone manual for specific guidance on discarding the object.
It is also worth mentioning the importance of giving an appropriate end to all your electronics, not just the battery.
In times of sustainability and crises of resources it is very essential that everyone is aware of their actions, contributing to nature, re-using resources, and a more balanced world.
And you, do you have any batteries to dispose of? You know what to do, right? Follow our tips and help spread this idea!