Everyone is familiar with the general situation where a […]
Everyone is familiar with the general situation where a person's car's battery is dead, leaving them stuck in a public parking lot or on the roadside. In this case, a person only needs to contact a friend, family member or roadside assistance company for help. They will appear with a new battery, remove the old battery, and then reconnect everything together. For most adults, replacing and replacing car batteries is common sense. However, I do not know how to dispose of the old battery. There are many components in the car battery, which can make it work together in the vehicle. Most of these same ingredients are based on chemistry and may be extremely harmful in all aspects.
What's in the car battery?
These types of batteries contain several dangerous chemicals, materials and heavy metals. For example, a standard 12-volt battery contains elements such as lead, plastic, and sulfuric acid. Vehicles with diesel engines, such as semi-trucks and tractors, may use a 24 volt system; two 12 volt batteries are required to operate. This means that the content of toxins, chemicals and heavy metals has doubled. These 12-volt batteries are made of lead plates and lead dioxide plates. These plates are immersed in an electrolyte composed of sulfuric acid and water. The chemical reaction of these two elements produces electrons that pass through conductors to power the vehicle's engine and internal components.
When the battery started to power off, it was because the acid in the electrolyte reacted with the plate, changing it from lead and lead dioxide to lead sulfate. When charging the battery in the vehicle, just repeat the same process. Facts have proved that all the chemicals that make cars have battery functions are useful in the automotive world, but they still need to take responsibility for protecting themselves and the environment from harm. One of the best ways is by recycling used batteries in cars. This is the best and most responsible method for handling car batteries.
The battery can be recycled
The unique feature of batteries is that they can be almost completely recycled. This means that almost all battery components can be recycled for use in new car batteries. For example, lead can be recovered almost 100%. And can melt, filter and refurbish new auto parts. Plastic parts can also be fully recycled and reused in other products. Surprisingly, sulfuric acid can even be reused. It can be offset and purified, released in the form of pollution-free water, converted into sodium sulfate (for fertilizers, dyes, etc.) or reused in new car batteries.
To recycle used batteries, simply send them to a local auto repair shop. Most garages will accept used batteries and other vehicle parts. They can also provide you with replacement services. To be sure, please call ahead to find a reliable company. Some auto repair shops will collect donated or recycled auto parts. Other places to recycle car batteries include scrap metal yards, garbage truck yards or garbage dumps. Recycling these wastes and all other auto parts has made a huge contribution to protecting our environment and protecting our natural resources.
Consequences of improper car battery disposal
Now that we know the toxic substances and dangers inside the car battery, then we can start to discuss how these chemicals affect our houses, health and surrounding environment. Improper disposal can cause chemical substances to flow out, polluting the air, water and soil. This is why car batteries are classified as hazardous waste. Irresponsible disposal will not only damage the planet, but also our health. This is why it is essential to wear gloves and goggles when handling car batteries; new or second-hand. If you want to relocate them, make sure they are in an upright position to prevent leakage during transportation. Ingestion of any chemical substance can be very dangerous. If you come into contact with any internal components of the car battery, it is recommended to wash your hands immediately.