Batteries are vital to our daily live and there are no viable technological substitutes for batteries. Batteries are used in everything from our cars, phones, tablets, laptops, calculators, flashlights, and much more. Eventually, these batteries lose their charge and are usually discarded improperly. Improper disposal causes toxins such as cadmium, nickel, lithium, and alkaline to enter into the environment. Recycling programs are capable of reducing this environmental impact when they are utilized.
Batteries are recycled in a fairly straight forward process. First, the metal or plastic coverings are removed and melted down into pellets that will be reused in new batteries. Next, the internal components, such as lead, are removed and also melted down into pellets. Then, the remaining sodium sulfate, which acts as an electrolyte while in use, is removed and formed into reusable crystals. Almost all of these components are reused for new batteries.
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