Batteries Lifecycle

by Logan Baker

Claim:

Alkaline batteries are the most environment friendly batteries and are the best choice.

Why?

  • Alkaline batteries have completely eliminated containing mercury, it is now illegal for alkaline batteries to contain mercury
  • rechargeable versions can contain harmful materials, as well as button cell batteries
  • Alkaline batteries are 100% safe for regular trash disposal

reasoning

  • since alkaline batteries contain safe materials while other batteries do not, it only makes sense to use regular alkaline batteries

raw materials

alkaline batteries only contain zinc and magnesium, zinc and magnesium are regular earth metals

drawbacks

  • Recycling alkaline batteries can actually be bad because the metals are hard to separate and it takes a lot of energy, though it is possible
  • you can't recharge them
  • they aren't as powerful

other facts

  • I couldn't find any activist groups who were against them
  • they take up less than 2% of waste in landfills
  • still considered littering to drop them on the ground
  • amount of harm is the same as throwing away dirt

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