Disposing Used Laptop Batteries

Ever wondered what to do with your used-up laptop battery? Or whether laptop batteries could be disposed off as other regular batteries?  These and other questions relating to disposing off used laptop batteries are some of the Frequently Asked Questions on laptop manufacturers’ websites. Government sanctioned research has revealed most laptop batteries are safe while others may contain toxic material. Laptop batteries containing toxic material are disposed with procedures stipulated by environmental regulation agencies in respective countries. Most laptop users just throw away the batteries once they are no longer functional instead of following laid down procedures for disposing electronic waste.  E-waste accounts for 30 percent of world’s toxic waste materials that poison the soil. Heavy metals from batteries have the potential to leach slowly into the soil and cause long-term environmental damage.

It is important to dispose off used batteries properly especially the ones that may contain toxic materials. Some State laws prohibit throwing away used up batteries with other trash. This may expose other people to dangers that may lead to cancer and other infections due to exposure to toxic substances. Before disposing off used battery, it is advisable to identify the specific type of battery and its constituent materials. Most often, this information is printed on the back of the laptop battery.

Some of the commonly used substances in the manufacture of laptop batteries include lithium-ion, nickel metal hydride and nickel cadmium. These substances intoxicate the environment when inappropriately disposed; nickel-cadmium has been linked to dermatitis, an infection that causes skin inflammation. Decomposing nickel-cadmium batteries discharge cadmium an extremely toxic metal that causes acute cadmium poisoning. Federal and State agencies have set up toll free help lines that laptop owners can call to locate areas where they would safely dispose off their laptop batteries. All what they need to do is enter their zip code into the webpage and a corresponding disposal site is availed via a map response. Once a laptop owner has located the specific disposal location, he or she is required to avail the battery to an employee of the disposal site who carries on with the proper disposal procedure.

This is the safest way to recycle any type of used laptop batteries whether hazardous or not. Laptop users are safe as long as they follow these guidelines. Additionally, it is prudent for the users to follow the instructions that are usually printed on the batteries.

These instructions are usually inform of warnings given to ensure safety of those who use the batteries. Some of these warnings include prohibition to simply throw away the batteries in the garbage and disassembling battery packs. The energy found in a single laptop battery is the same as the energy found in a hand grenade. It is therefore strictly advisable to refrain from inappropriate handling of laptop batteries. You can dispose off your used batteries safely in order to ensure they get recycled. This is not just a way of getting rid of junk, but you also get to keep the environment safe and clean for children.