Batteries come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be used to power some of our most basic everyday items.

We use tiny batteries to power wrist watches, TV remotes, and smoke detectors. High-tech items such as your cell phone, laptop, and other mobile devices utilize specially designed batteries that can be recharged for regular use.

There are also bigger batteries that power things like your car or lawnmower.

Batteries are just about everywhere!

And what do most of them have in common? Many batteries contain hazardous metals and other elements that we all must work to keep out of the environment. That means we should be recycling batteries rather than throwing them away.

That’s what we’re all about here at Newtech Recycling: taking your old electronics off your hands and disposing of them in safe, responsible ways. Learn more below about the dangers of batteries and what we do to help.

What Are the Common Types of Batteries?

There are three main types of batteries that we use in our everyday lives. These common types of batteries are alkaline, NiMH, and lithium-ion batteries.

  • Alkaline batteries have zinc at the negative electrode and manganese dioxide at the positive electrode. As the substances are consumed, the battery becomes discharged. Alkaline batteries cannot be safely recharged so they must be disposed of after a single use.
  • Nickel metal hydride batteries have an intermetallic compound that includes nickel at the negative electrode and nickel at the positive electrode. With these batteries, the compound makeup isn’t consumed. These batteries can be recharged and used again.
  • Lithium-ion batteries are the newest of these common types, usually found in portable electronics such as your cell phone. While these batteries are usually more expensive, they can be recharged over and over again. Also, there is no loss in power output as they are discharged.

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Are Batteries Bad For The Environment?

People typically throw old batteries in the trash, which means they end up in landfills. However, this isn’t a good idea.

Over time, that battery will begin to decay, and the toxic chemicals inside could leak out. When that happens, the chemicals can contaminate the soil and nearby water supplies. This pollution can be harmful to humans and other living organisms in the environment.

At Newtech Recycling, we believe it is important to take the necessary precautions that will protect the environment and ourselves!

Safely Get Rid of Your Batteries with Newtech Recycling

Newtech Recycling offers professional e-waste recycling services to help you dispose of used batteries and other electronic waste. Whether you need a large-scale corporate cleanout, standard electronic removal, or IT and server recycling, we can help.

Whatever you do, just make sure you are disposing of your batteries the right way. Help to preserve our environment by taking advantage of our recycling services!

Call Newtech Recycling today to get a quote on responsibly recycling your old batteries and electronics.


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