Batteries often go hand in hand with electricals. And like electricals, these too can easily end up in landfills if the proper recycling channels are not used.
Batteries contain cadmium (Cd), lead (Pb) and mercury (Hg) along with copper, zinc, magnesium and potassium. When released into the environment and absorbed into our soil, ground water and air, these chemicals can have dangerous effects.
But there is an alternative.
Saving your used batteries and taking them to special battery bins at shops, schools and recycling centres will ensure your batteries are recycled responsibly.
Keep a look out for this symbol as a reminder to separate your waste electricals and their old batteries: