Learning About Recycling Services
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Learning About Recycling Services

Hello, I am Jolene Bonnell. I am going to use my site to discuss all of the techniques and tools you can use to recycle waste. There are a number of recycling programs in each community. You can recycle your electronics, scrap metal, cardboard and textiles if you know where to find your local drop off points. Some communities even provide food waste recycling services that turn old food into compost. I hope you can use the information on my site to increase the amount of waste you recycle at the proper venues. Thanks for visiting. I hope to see you again soon.

Learning About Recycling Services

What's In A Battery That Is Worth Recycling?

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You may be wondering why anyone would engage in battery recycling services. Well, for one, it is actually law in some states to recycle car batteries. You cannot throw them out or leave them on the curb for city trash collectors. They will not pick them up.

Two, it is far better for the environment to recycle batteries of all kinds, but the bigger the battery, the more important it is to recycle it. That brings up the question: "What is in a battery that is worth recycling?" A lot of people do not know what actually makes a battery, a battery. They do not know what it inside, or how most of the battery is easily recycled. To answer that last question, here are all the parts of a battery that are removed and recycled for other uses. 


Battery acid is the type of acid that takes quite an electrical charge and holds that charge for a while. It does make the acid quite volatile, but the acid can be used to make new batteries without making more battery acid, which is just toxic to the environment. Ergo, the acid from one battery goes into another, and none of it is left to dribble out onto the ground or burn holes in places where it could cause a lot of problems. 


Electrolytes are energy. They are found everywhere in nature, and they exist in the human body, too. Most often, a mixture of water and sodium is the basic electrolyte mixture used in batteries, although sugar water and salt could be used, too. As the water evaporates inside a battery, the chemicals that are suspended in the water become denser and more crystallized. That is why some mechanics "refill" your battery with water during an inspection; they are putting a necessary fluid back into the battery that will keep salt, sugar, or whatever other basic electrolyte substance from crystallizing. These electrolytes, even in their crystallized form, can be harvested from spent batteries and used to make the needed electrolyte mixture for new batteries. 

Lead Plates

Sheets of lead plating are inside a battery, too. This is not a metal you want to handle with your bare hands, which is why machines extract the metal plates in a recycling plant and clean the plates off before melting them down and purifying them. Then the purified lead is used to make more lead plates for batteries and other lead products that are still in use.