Batteries are hard to handle from a waste management perspective because they are composed of a variety of materials. While many of these are harmless and can be recycled, there are some that are hazardous and require special handling in order to mitigate risk.
One problem when it comes to disposing of batteries is the amount of them we use. From laptops and phones to cars and common appliances, batteries help power our lives – it is estimated that we throw away 600 million batteries each year in the UK
If batteries are put in the wrong stream it can pose risks to workers who are not expecting to handle hazardous materials, and also waste management facilities themselves through the greatly increased danger of a large fire breaking out.