Can you scrap AA batteries?

Use of batteries

This article was co-written by Kathryn Kellogg. Kathryn Kellogg is the founder of goinzerowaste.com, a style website dedicated to breaking down green living into a simple step-by-step process with lots of positivity and love. She is the author of 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste and a spokesperson for plastic-free living for National Geographic.

Most laptop batteries are made of lithium-ion and are classified as “rechargeable” batteries, meaning you can plug in the device they’re connected to many times to recharge them. However, over time, even rechargeable batteries run out of power and need to be replaced. In that case, don’t dispose of the battery in the regular trash or recycling garbage can![1][1

This article was co-written by Kathryn Kellogg. Kathryn Kellogg is the founder of goinzerowaste.com, a style website dedicated to breaking down green living into a simple step-by-step process with lots of positivity and love. She is the author of 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste and a spokesperson for plastic-free living for National Geographic. This article has been viewed 1808 times.

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What to do with old batteries when they are no longer useful

It is very important to know how to recycle used batteries, as they are very polluting elements that are often not recycled correctly.  If we stop to think about how many things have batteries in them, we can get an idea of how many of them we use and generally throw away in our daily lives.

The batteries, batteries, electric accumulators or simply accumulators, are the device that store electric energy using electrochemical procedures and that later return almost in its totality. We generally understand that batteries are a finite source of energy, since they run out and are not rechargeable. Batteries, on the other hand, are usually rechargeable.

These batteries contain heavy metals and chemical compounds, many of which are harmful to the environment. It is very important not to throw them away (in most countries this is not allowed), and to take them to a recycling center. Nowadays, most suppliers and specialized stores also take back spent batteries. Some of the environmentally harmful substances depend on the type of battery used. These are some of them:

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What to do with used batteries to prevent them from polluting

Disused batteries are urban solid waste subject to special management and are managed under the principle of “Extended Producer Responsibility” incorporated by Law 5.991, which determines that any individual or legal entity that produces, imports, distributes and/or markets batteries will be responsible for their management in the post-consumption stage of the product’s life cycle.

If you sell batteries in the City of Buenos Aires, they must only be supplied by importers that comply with Law 5.991. Below is a list of importers that comply with Law 5.991. More information about the environmental management of waste batteries in Rippilas

There are recycling treatment and prevention campaigns on the use of batteries.

NOM-052-SEMARNAT-1993 states that batteries and battery waste products are hazardous waste and must be handled in accordance with the provisions of the regulations of the General Law of Ecological Balance and Environmental Protection (LEGEPA) regarding hazardous waste and the corresponding official Mexican standards and other applicable procedures.

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Article 5, Section XXXII and Article 31, Section V of the General Law for the Prevention and Integral Management of Waste (LGPGIR) mentions that mercury- or nickel-cadmium-based (Hg, Ni-Cd) electric batteries and other batteries based on these toxic substances, as well as their containers, are hazardous waste.