Batteries are used to power a variety of things — electronic devices, toys, kitchen supplies, and emergency equipment, such as flashlights. Although batteries are great power sources for many common appliances today, they are often disposed in the public waste landfills of cities, creating negative environmental impacts due to the heavy concentration of toxic metals and hazardous chemicals that leak from the battery cells.
Instead of disposing them in the trash next time, gather your batteries and drop them off at your nearest recycling depot. Some batteries can be returned to retail stores, city-wide recycling depots, and transfer stations. Battery recycling is a great way to improve problems like soil contamination and water pollution.
There are two general types of batteries: non-rechargeable and rechargeable. Non-rechargeable batteries are alkaline while rechargeable ones include lithium, lithium ion, and zinc air. Check your local recycling locations to see if they only accept certain types of batteries.
Suggested resources and recycling locations:
Recycling Council of British Columbia: http://rcbc.bc.ca/recyclepedia
London Drugs – Green Deal Recycling Program
Regional Recycling: http://www.regionalrecycling.ca
Vancouver Battery: http://vancouverbattery.com/recycling.php