Every battery has a “life cycle”. This cycle starts from the factory where the battery is manufactured and reaches the end user, who is responsible for its final destination. Therefore, each person has the choice of either disposing of the empty battery in the rubbish or recycling it in one of the available AFIS bins.
If a battery is disposed of in the rubbish, the toxic substances it contains, including heavy metals, will end up in the soil and will enter the food chain through the aquifer… with humans being the final recipiens. The dietary intake of heavy metals can have serious long-term negative consequences on human health due to the phenomenon known as bioaccumulation. To be more precise, because metabolic processes are particularly difficult to carry out during bioaccumulation, toxic substances gradually accumulate in the tissues of the body and when a critical concentration limit is exceeded, various problems arise.
In particular, heavy metals have been accused by the scientific community as the cause of hematological and neurological disorders in children and adults, kidney damage, various types of cancer, etc.
Therefore, by recycling batteries we contribute to the protection of the environment and human health, save raw materials and energy and help reduce the amount of waste in landfills.