In France, the law dictates not to throw batteries in the trash. Because batteries have been considered hazardous waste since the 1990s. They must therefore be directed towards an appropriate sector.
Some 1.3 billion(rechargeable batteries, batteries) are placed on the French market each year. In these batteries and accumulators, and paper, but above all, many which can be toxic – for human beings and more generally for all living beings – and very polluting for soils, in particular: , , , , , , etc.
Discarded in nature, batteries degrade under the effect of. Thrown in the trash, they are buried – and there also end up degrading – or incinerated. They then release these which can . So can be responsible for or . The – which fortunately almost disappeared from our batteries – causes and attacks the nervous system. The , which also disappears from our batteries, is itself carcinogenic.
Throwing batteries in the trash or in nature also wastes natural resources, some of which are precious. Because their extraction is polluting and expensive. However, nearly 75% of the materials that make up a battery can be. Over a year, this represents several thousand tonnes of . Metals that are then used to manufacture various objects: in , covered in , sheet metal , etc.
Used batteries must therefore be returned to points of sale – because all stores that market batteries are required to provide a collection point -, certain town halls or areas open to the public or waste reception centers. They can then be removed by a specialized transporter and sent to storage centers where they will be sorted by type (batteries, saline , etc.). It is only from there that they can be retired. Part of their elements will be recycled and the rest will be placed in a final so as not to contaminate the environment.