If you’re someone who regularly recycles, I’m sure you’ve discovered that being a good steward of resources has its challenges! It can be difficult to know if an item is recyclable, and then how to recycle it is a whole new question.
Don’t get me wrong, the art of recycling has become significantly more convenient with single-stream (curbside) programs. The option to throw everything in one bin instead of separate it into different containers saves time and effort. And most recyclable material is accepted in curbside programs! This rings true for cardboard boxes to office paper, and plastic bottles to glass jars.
However, there are materials that you need to watch out for, and not just because they become contaminants at recycling facilities. Some items are just plain dangerous when disposed of the wrong way, putting many people at risk in the downstream process!
One of these items are lithium ion (rechargeable) batteries. While they are extremely useful powering high-performance devices like cell phones, laptops, iPads, and electric cars, rechargeable batteries contain hazardous materials that behave much like a small packet of energy.
When those small packets of energy come into a recycling facility, they enter an environment that creates ample opportunity to ignite! From dry paper to friction, the risk of fire becomes a real threat.
Even though rechargeable batteries are not accepted in curbside programs, there are recycling options! You can take your batteries to places like Verizon Wireless, US Cellular, Home Depot, and Best Buy.
If you have questions about what materials are accepted at a recycling facility like Midwest Fiber, please get in touch with us!
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