Saturday, March 16, 2013

Rechargeable batteries impact environmental

By Meshal aljabir

A significant component of our day-to-day lives are batteries. The problem does not lie with the batteries but the by-products and materials they are made of can become quite dangerous to our earth and us. Approximately eight batteries are thrown out each year per person in the United States alone when thrown out, the metals and toxins found in the batteries such as cadmium and mercury can seep into soil and water supplies, and release toxic chemicals into the air when they are burned in waste combustors. In addition, the landfills, where the batteries get sent to, produce methane gas, which adds on to the greenhouse effect and worsens global warming. Some metals that come from batteries are even dangerous when ingested, inhaled, or absorbed through skin/soil because they are created of hazardous materials, those chemicals can reach to our plants through their roots, and end up accumulating in our fruit and grass. There are actions you can take to help fight this problem. For example, an alternative to landfills would be recycling used batteries instead of sending them to landfills. This is a splendid idea because it has many pros from saving natural resources to generating more income and even reducing imports. This helps solve the problem because it insures that the toxic components that make up a battery are removed not released. 

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