Batteries are used in computers and other electronic devices. They are a very convenient source of power for many devices. This is particularly true for electronics such as hand-held gaming devices and laptops. They are a valuable energy source. You can store them for a long period of time, as many the expiration dates for them are often a few years from when they are released on the market. Their life span will vary on the quality and the usage amount. Do not store them in the devices they are powering, especially if you know in advance that you won’t be using them. Store them in a cool, dry place.
Unfortunately, the materials inside of them can be toxic. Some types can be harmful to the environment. Years ago, toxins such as mercury used to be used as a battery component, particularly in alkaline batteries. However, that practice has been discontinued. Many of these types of energy sources can be thrown away in the household trash.
Before you throw away a battery, check to see what type it is. Make sure that toxins are not used as one of the components, particularly lead. If it is, do not just throw it in your waste basket. Instead, follow the government guidelines on how to dispose of it properly. Keep in mind that everything you put in your trash has an impact on the environment. Even a little item such as a battery can have an adverse effect.
If you are going to the dump to dispose of your trash, look for a special section to dispose properly and safely without any health risks or environmental risks. Whenever possible, try to recycle them. Many communities have special places that will do just that for free. Other places ask that people wrap tape around the conduction points to prevent leakage of the insides.
Always check your batteries when they die to see if they can be recharged. If you can’t recharge them, don’t just toss them in the trash without checking to make sure of their inner components. Keep in mind that many manufacturers have removed some toxic materials, but that doesn’t always mean they are safe for public waste.