What are the Various Types of Batteries? Batteries can be separated into two
basic groups; disposable and rechargeable. Disposables are most commonly
the ubiquitous alkaline battery but also include other single use forms such
as zinc-carbon batteries. Rechargeable batteries are constructed of at least
twenty different chemical compositions. They include car batteries (or lead
acid), power tool batteries, computer and cell phone batteries and many
Are Batteries Toxic? The materials used in all batteries are potentially
dangerous to humans and the environment. The laws governing their
disposal, however, vary greatly in their scope. Some states and all of Europe
require special handling for all batteries, while other laws cover only lead
acid batteries or “rechargables”. Federal standards banned the use of mercury
in alkaline batteries in the mid 1990s, which successfully removed the
the most toxic material in alkaline batteries. While the lack of mercury makes alkaline batteries
less toxic, they continue to pose an environmental risk when not handled
appropriately. In New Mexico only lead acid batteries are regulated, and are
banned from solid waste disposal facilities.
What can we recycle in Angel Fire? The Angel Fire Collection Center accepts all rechargeable batteries. These included auto, golf cart, power tool, electronic and domestic rechargeable batteries. Because disposable batteries cannot be recycled we highly encourage you to only purchase rechargeable batteries. Please take rechargeable batteries to the Angel Fire Collection Center to be recycled.
Angel Fire Collection Center (377-6967) currently accepts plastic bottles (#1 & 2), aluminum cans, corrugated cardboard, copper, motor & cooking oil, antifreeze, CFL bulbs and steel. When depositing recyclables in the recycling trailers please flatten cardboard and bag and tie aluminum and plastic.
If you have questions or comments for the Angel Fire Sustainability Committee contact Rick Sprott (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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