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October 28, 2015 - 08:19am
E-waste has been defined as:
but is more easily defined as "discarded electronic devices, and/or used electronics which are destined for reuse, resale, salvage, recycling or disposal", Some examples of E-waste would be cellphones, tube-type and flat panel televisions, computer monitors, laptops, pads, printers, radios, microwave ovens and DVD players— just to name a few. “anything with a battery or a cord”. It’s likely that everyone reading this has dealt with e-waste in one way or another. Perhaps one of your electronic devices has broken, you have gotten a newer version and have no need for the old, or maybe you kept your original model as long as you possibly could but it finally became too obsolete or dated to use with current technology.
May 20, 2015 - 04:00am
In this post we will discuss the hazards associated with improperly disposing of your batteries with an emphasis on a specific type of rechargeable battery known to be most often disposed of incorrectly (with very dangerous results); the Lithium Ion Battery.
Although some single use, non-rechargeable, household batteries can be thrown away with your trash, no batteries should ever be tossed in with your Single Stream recycling. Due to the presence of corrosive chemicals, toxins such as mercury and lead, and charged electrodes, ALL batteries pose hazards and risk of fire, but the biggest risk lies with rechargeable batteries.
Many rechargeable batteries fall under a specific category of battery known as Lithium Ion (also referred to as Li-ion battery or LIB). The Lithium Ion battery found in your electronics such as cell phones, laptops, pads, tablets, iPods and digital cameras is probably the most familiar to you.
It is especially risky when Li-ion batteries are mistakenly put into a recycling bin and end up bouncing around in the back of a dry, recycling truck. Pressure or heat (in the summer months our trucks can get quite hot) can cause them to spark, setting off a chain reaction which spells disaster when that battery is in the back of a full recycling truck, surrounded by dry paper and cardboard. In fact, Lithium Ion Batteries are one of the leading causes of recycling truck fires.