Reducing your battery use, using rechargeable batteries, and recycling batteries responsibly can reduce your environmental impact.
Batteries often contain potentially harmful heavy metals such as mercury, lead and cadmium. In 2014, Call2Recycle estimates around 2,250 tonnes of batteries were sent to the landfill in BC alone. Follow the guidelines below to manage your battery use and help to reduce the potential environmental impact to soils and waterways.
- Minimal battery use, whenever possible
- Rechargeable batteries such as NiMH or Lithium ion, which don't contain heavy metals
- ENERGY STAR certified battery chargers, and unplug when not in use
- Maximize battery life and use according to manufacturer recommendations
- Recycle used batteries on campus or in your neighborhood
- Single-use (i.e. non-rechargeable) batteries for high energy drain devices
- Purchasing low quality batteries, or more batteries than required
- Batteries manufactured with potentially harmful heavy metals such as mercury (Hg), lead (Pb), and cadmium (Cd), including Ni-Cd rechargeables, which contain cadmium
- Disposing of batteries in landfills: always recycle batteries properly