According to the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. consumers buy over 3 billion dry cell batteries and 350 million rechargeable batteries each year. Unfortunately, most people simply toss batteries in the trash when they’re dead. According to Rod Muir of the Sierra Club, discarded batteries are “toxic little time bombs.”
Batteries often contain toxic heavy metals like cadmium, lead, chromium, and mercury. When batteries end up in a landfill, these heavy metals eventually end up in our water supply.
Buy rechargeable batteries when possible, and don’t throw them in the trash! Stores such as Staples, Circuit City, Best Buy, and Office Depot often offer drop-off locations for battery recycling. If you cannot find a drop-off location in your area, you can request a “big green box” from www.biggreenbox.com.
To protect your family heavy metal poisoning – which alters brain and metabolic function – only drink water that has been filtered through a home water purifier.