Winter is the time of year when many vehicle batteries fail, typically because of harsh, cold weather or age. While it may be tempting to dispose of batteries in your dumpster rental in VA, this is typically not advisable because of the environmental hazards improper disposal presents. Batteries of all types — alkaline, lithium-ion or NiCad batteries for electronics and power tools, or lead-acid batteries for vehicles — should be disposed of properly, not just carelessly tossed in the trash or dumpster. If you find yourself having to dispose of a battery, keep these tips in mind to ensure you’re doing it safely.
Cover the Positive and Negative Terminals with Electrical Tape
If you cover these areas with nonconductive electrical tape, it prevents them from coming into contact with other live batteries or metal objects, which could cause a spark and lead to a fire.
Recycle Your Old Batteries
The best way to dispose of batteries is to recycle them at a designated facility. Batteries have hazardous materials inside that can pose risks to animals, humans and the environment. A significant amount of metal also composes much of a battery’s structure, and this metal can be recycled and repurposed for other manufacturing uses. This is especially important for metals that are found in limited quantities.
Use a Battery Tester
Before disposal, consider using a battery tester to determine if the batteries in a device really are depleted. Sometimes, if multiple batteries are powering a device, it may be that only a few are dead; the others still might have some life left. A battery tester is an easy to way to find out, and that way you can dispose of the ones that really need to be.
Bring car batteries to an auto parts retailer or collection facility. At ESI Waste, we can dispose of old vehicle batteries using proper recycling techniques. Car batteries should never be placed in a dumpster or general trash.
Rechargeable batteries contain nickel and cadmium metals, which can create an environmental and safety hazard if they’re put in a landfill or incinerator. Lithium-ion batteries, typically found in laptops and smartphones, also contain valuable metals such as cobalt, high-grade aluminum and copper, which can be recovered and recycled for future use.
If you have old batteries to recycle and you’re not sure of the proper procedures to follow, or if you have questions about the process, you can contact ESI Waste for advice. Just remember: Whatever you do, don’t dispose of batteries in your dumpster rental in VA. Instead, take them to a proper recycling center, such as the facilities at ESI Waste.