Battery recycling: the greener side of National Battery Day

More batteries end up in landfills than are recycled. Today is National Battery Day; the celebration of batteries and how they power our everyday lives. Batteries come in all shapes, sizes and types, with alkaline, zinc-carbon, lead-acid, mercury, lithium and silver oxide being the most common types. However, as wonderful as they are, batteries have a shelf life and, unfortunately, every year far more batteries end up in landfills than are recycled. This is not only bad for the environment because batteries contain heavy metals like mercury, cadmium and lead,…

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Energy saving tips for the hottest days of summer

Enjoy a greener summer by using a portable battery charger and conserving other power. The hottest days of summer are here and while this can be fantastic weather for beaches and to lounge poolside, it can also be significantly demanding on energy, which can be harmful to the environment, cause greater expense to residents, and be a huge drain on the power grid. For this reason, employing energy saving tips can go a long way in helping people save on their energy bill and be friendlier to the environment at…

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Green efforts to help combat planned obsolescence

Consumer goods with low life spans means products need to be replaced more frequently. Planned obsolescence has existed for years and is a policy of deliberately creating consumer goods that quickly become obsolete and need to be replaced, which could be because the item was made using nondurable materials, frequently changing the designs for next gen models, or terminating the supply of replacement parts. Thus, these types of products are not only purposely designed to ensure that consumers will end up spending more in the long run to replace them,…

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Honda teams with Japan Metals and Chemicals to recycle batteries

Battery Technology Preferred to Hydrogen Fuel Cells

Battery recycling is a problematic process For as long as batteries have existed, recycling them has been an issue. In the case of large scale nickel-hydride batteries, which are commonly used in electric vehicles, the process of separating the battery’s elementary components and recovering a viable amount of nickel and cobalt is notoriously difficult. Japanese automaker Honda believes that it may have solved the problems inherent to recycling batteries. The automaker has partnered with Japan Metals and Chemicals to produce a new line of recycling technologies that are specifically designed…

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