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By Don C. Brunell
Business analyst 

Recycling batteries key to protecting our planet

 

August 19, 2021



Each year Americans throw away more than three billion batteries constituting 180,000 tons of hazardous material and the situation is likely to get much worse as the world shifts to electric vehicles.

Everyday-green.com reports more than 86,000 tons of single-use alkaline batteries (AAA, AA, C, and D) are thrown away. They power electronic toys and games, portable audio equipment, and flashlights and makeup 20% of the household hazardous materials in our garbage dumps.

Unlike composted waste, batteries are hazardous and contaminate our environment, particularly our drinking water. Even tho...



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