Don’t throw those batteries away!
Batteries contain materials that are both hazardous and recyclable. It’s good environmental stewardship to recycle them because you can recover their resources and keep contaminants out of the landfill.
The Landfill of North Iowa collects single use, rechargeable and automotive batteries from residents for free.
What happens to my batteries after I drop them off for recycling?
When your batteries are dropped off for recycling, they are sorted and safely secured until they can be sent to a facility for processing. From there, the batteries are broken down into their various components: plastic, rubber, acid and metals.
- The plastic is melted and cut into pellets and used for new products.
- The rubber cases are used as an additive in the smelting process.
- Battery acid is neutralized, then broken down into water and a salt compound.
- Metals — cadmium, cobalt, lead and nickel — are reclaimed and used for making new batteries, among other things.
Although batteries containing mercury are being discontinued, there are a few still out there. We are a hearing aid battery drop off site. We recycle all hearing aid battery sizes and brands. Mercury or Zinc, just bring them into any of our offices, and we’ll take care of them for you. Our environment is important to us.
For additional information, contact us today.