Lithium batteries

Lithium batteries are used to power an increasing number of devices, such as thermometers, remote car locks, laser pointers, MP3 players, hearing aids, calculators and battery backup systems in computers. Remote control toys also use lithium batteries, with the batteries frequently outliving the toys themselves.

When these batteries are not properly disposed of the casing can disintegrate and the toxic chemicals within can leak into the surrounding environment. The leaking material can contaminate the soil and water and some of the elements can accumulate in wildlife and humans.

If not disposed of properly, these batteries can also catch fire and explode, which is very dangerous.

Please dispose of your lithium batteries properly and safely by bringing them to a Household Waste Recycling Centre, electrical shop or a supermarket.

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