Why Can’t You Throw Away Batteries?

You should never throw away dead batteries, and this is why!

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Battery Facts
“Batteries come in many shapes and sizes. Some are as small as a button. Others can be as big as a brick.”

Wastes Banned From the Trash
“Many common products that we use in our daily lives contain potentially hazardous ingredients and require special care when disposed of. It is illegal to dispose of hazardous waste in the garbage, down storm drains, or onto the ground.”

How do rechargeable (that is, zinc-alkaline or nickel-cadmium) batteries work and what makes the reactions reversible in some batteries, but not in others?

How do batteries work?
“Electricity, as you probably already know, is the flow of electrons through a conductive path like a wire. This path is called a circuit.”

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