Li-ion batteries store a large amount of energy in a small amount of space. This makes them powerful, portable, and versatile, but it also means they can overheat, catch fire, or explode in the trash. Crushing a Li-ion battery can result in a fire or explosion. Toxic materials in Li-ion batteries also pose significant health and environmental risks if they end up in landfills.
Fortunately, materials inside Li-ion batteries can be safely extracted and reused when they are properly recycled. This can also contribute to shaping a more sustainable society, as components and materials from recycled devices can be repurposed.
Why don’t people do more to safely recycle their devices? The simple, most common answer is lack of awareness. Many people don’t realize just how easy it is to safely recycle lithium-ion batteries.
These quick and simple tools can help you spread the word with your friends, classmates, colleagues, neighbors, and beyond!
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