That first welcome screen on a fresh laptop. Is there ever a moment of more potential and excitement in a new piece of technology than that?
Trading in or upgrading your technology puts a whole refresh on your laptop use. Uploading our information to a new piece of equipment.
After you migrate your files, you assume you will just toss your old laptop in the trash.
But wait! Laptops should not end up in the garbage bin. In 2009, 23 million tons of e-waste, including computers, was tossed by U.S. consumers and businesses.
Laptop battery recycling is one of the many ways you can help preserve the environment from the harmful toxins in many computer parts. This will also keep other harmful impacts, like fires, from happening as the battery degrades.
Why Laptop Battery Recycling?
When batteries of any kind wind up in a landfill, they can pollute the ground, topsoil, and groundwater.
The toxins that leech out of an end of life battery might be cobalt, manganese, and nickel. These can contaminate the groundwater. There is also the fact that these and the lithium are mined products.
The environmental impact is felt at the beginning of the mining process for batteries’ organic materials, as well as the manufacturing and end of life.
When you consider laptop battery recycling, you actively help to slow the negative impacts from both the beginning and end of life for a battery.
Why Should I Care About Recycling?
For one thing, there is a chance that casually tossing a laptop battery might be against the law. There are 22 states in the U.S. that have ruled that tossing a laptop battery illegal.
Aside from the legalities, recycling can help keep the future costs of batteries down. Without the need to mine as many raw materials, with a bank of recycled materials to use, both the environment and your wallet will thank you.
Another thing to consider is the ease of recycling. There are certified recycling services happy to take on laptop batteries to recycle.
Laptop battery recycling also ensures that the life of the components in a lithium-ion battery do not go to waste. Many lithium-ion batteries have not been used or circulated to their full use.
Technology changes quite rapidly, leaving some pieces of equipment outdated far before all of their usable components are ready to be done. Battery recycling is one of the ways to keep usable components and their energy in use before they’re ready to retire.
Certified services can extract the parts of a battery safely, to then reuse later in a new form for a new piece of technology.
Ready To Recycle?
Just because you have acquired a new piece of equipment, doesn’t mean you should completely abandon your trusty old machine. Ensuring that its parts don’t degrade and harm the environment, and instead keep going forward into usable technology, helps everyone.
If you’re ready to begin your laptop battery recycling process, contact us for more information.