Dry-cell batteries power a variety of devices that are integral to the operations of many workplaces. Pagers, two-way radios, cell phones, laptops, smoke detectors, cameras, flashlights, and bar-code scanners must work around the clock.
Types of commonly used dry-cell batteries include: Alkaline, carbon zinc, nickel-cadmium, nickel metal-hydride, sealed lead-acid, mercuric oxide, silver oxide, lithium, lithium ion, and zinc air.
Switching from single-use to rechargeable batteries can save your business money and reduce the volume of cadmium, mercury, and other potentially harmful elements from entering the waste stream.
Consider setting up a trial program to see if rechargeable batteries or battery packs pose a better solution for your workplace. Rechargeable batteries, while more expensive than single-use batteries, last longer and are therefore more cost-effective in the long run. Rechargeable alkaline batteries can be recharged up to 25 times, nickel cadmium (Ni-Cd) batteries up to 1,000 times, and lithium ion (Li-ion) up to 300 times before they no longer hold a charge.
Properly dispose of spent batteries. Most rechargeable batteries contain one or more substances that can be hazardous or reactive when released into the environment. Use the Call2Recycle program established by battery manufacturers to properly dispose of and recycle your recahrgeable batteries. You can also arrange to have your vendor take back your old batteries when purchasing new batteries, or products containing batteries. Alternatively, go to products and services for recycling options for rechargeable batteries.
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