Calling all Earth Rangers! Your next animal saving mission has arrived. We’re challenging you to collect and recycle as many used batteries as you can. Keep reading to find out more.
Battery Fast Facts
Batteries were first invented at the beginning of the 20th century (1900s) but weren’t widely used until about 60 years later. Today, batteries come in all shapes and sizes, and are used in a variety of electronics, like toys, remotes, cameras, even your game controllers.
How do batteries work? When a battery is used, a special reaction happens between the chemicals in the positive end and the chemicals in the negative end of the battery. This reaction produces the energy your electronics need in order to run.
Since batteries provide energy for so many of the things we use every day, what to do with batteries once they are dead becomes a big problem. When batteries are thrown out in the trash, they end up in landfills where they add to solid waste and can also leak dangerous chemicals into the environment. These chemicals are not only harmful to us (humans), but to animals as well.
Even though there are many places that will help us dispose of our used batteries properly, only 5% of alkaline batteries are recycled in Canada each year. In 2010, Canadians threw out 745 million household batteries!
Recycle your Batteries
When you recycle batteries properly, you are helping to keep toxic materials out of the environment and prevent them from hurting animals. Did you know that companies can re-use parts of recycled batteries to make new batteries or stainless steel products, like the pots in your kitchen?
What you can do to help
1. Accept your Battery Blitz Mission and download your Mission Brief.
2. Collect your used batteries in a container or bag.
3. Visit www.earthrangers.com/missions, log in and click Battery Blitz to find your closest recycling station.
4. Drop your used batteries off at the recycling station of your choice.
5. Now that you’ve completed your Battery Blitz Mission, it’s time to celebrate! Let us know how you did.
Remember, you can’t recycle batteries in your regular recycling bin. They have to be recycled at a proper facility!
- Stewardship Ontario 2012 Annual Report
- Call2Recycle 2012 Annual Report