You’re sitting at your computer right? Let’s do an experiment. 360 º Look around you. How many devices around you run on batteries? Mp3 players, mobile phones, laptops, watches, clocks, calculators, flashlights, cameras … Since the birth of electronics in the home in the late 80′s, were the inseparable companions of many devices.
The battery problem is what happens with them when comes the end of its useful life. How many of you recycle once the batteries run down? In Spain recycling batteries only represents 20% of batteries sold in the market.
Batteries contain heavy metals and hazardous pollutants considered which include zinc, cadmium, lead and mercury. A single stack of mercury can contaminate 600,000 liters of water and an alkaline 167,000 liters.
The recycling of a ton of used batteries allows obtaining 600 kg of heavy metals, including e.g. 300 to 350 kg of zinc, 20 kg of nickel and 2 kg of mercury could contaminate 40 liters of water during 50 years. That water comes back to human being can only be a matter of time.
Put solution to this problem is simple if we all do our part. Simply separating our batteries in a corner of the house and then taking those to recycling avoid pollution of thousands of liters of water.
The Community of Madrid, for example, has a network of collection points where you can bring all these materials that you do not know what to shoot cube: oil, fluorescent tubes, batteries … in this Community page we shall solve many of the doubts.
Remember that it is better to throw something that is certainly the container of organic (orange) to not hamper recycling efforts. The landfill is usually to classify and recycle what can be carried to its proper destination. It is a task for all!
We leave you with a list of collection points where you can take all those products that you do not know how to recycle.