By sorting and recycling of batteries, we protect nature
We sort batteries because by doing that, we protect the environment. In two different ways. If we threw batteries in a regular municipal waste bin, they would be taken to a waste dump or an incinerator. In both cases, they would release harmful substances including heavy metals that pollute the air, soil as well as underground and surface water. By bringing batteries to collection points, you prevent these harmful processes that have a negative impact on both nature and human health. At the same time, you enable battery recycling.
We recover secondary raw materials
By recycling batteries, we recover metallic materials that can be reused for our benefit. Owing to recycling, from 100kg of batteries we can recover 74kg of metallic raw materials that can be used e.g., in the building industry, to produce bins, glass-ceramic hobs, gutters, but also jewelery, musical instruments, cosmetics and many other products. By recycling, we recover steel, zinc, manganese, nickel, and copper from AA batteries. From other types of batteries, we recover lead, cadmium, cobalt, and silver. Owing to secondary raw materials that we recover through recycling, we spare mineral resources and we do not need to burden the environment with further extraction of raw materials.
Never throw batteries in the bin!
This graphic symbol can be found directly on batteries, their packaging or electrical appliances containing batteries or accumulators. This symbol suggests that batteries do not belong in a rubbish bin, dustbin, or a community waste container. Throwing batteries in collection containers designed for community waste or in the wild is strictly forbidden.