It is evident that batteries comprised of various hazardous ingredients. This could be incredibly damaging to the environment when dumped. If we do not recycle them, the hazardous materials are sure to wind up in rivers, soil, and air. However, most batteries are 100% recoverable for better disposal.
Batteries are expensive and have a relatively short life span. As discarded batteries grow by the tonnage, entrepreneurs are enticed to start a business in recycling. The primary objective of building a good battery is long life, safety and low price.. Recycling is an afterthought and manufacturers do little to simplify the retrieving of precious metals. The recycling business is small compared to the vast battery industry, and only lead acid can be recycled profitably.
Lead – acid batteries are an environmental success story with more than 90% of all scrap batteries successfully recycled in South Africa. This is compared with 70% of beverage cans, 65% of news papers, 30% of plastic, and 26% of glass.
Every day thousand of batteries are produced to service everything from industrial machines, automobiles and even golf carts. Anything that needs mobile electricity needs a powerful battery. The problem is that defunct batteries pose an environmental conundrum. If not dealt with correctly the hazardous materials end up being cast away and negatively impact the environment.
Common materials for recycling includes bottles, paper, towels, aluminum cans etc. Niches available in the recycling industry are:
- Metals recycling.
- Plastic recycling.
- Electronic recycling.
- Water recycling.
- Oil recycling.
- Glass recycling.
- Furniture recycling.
- Garbage recycling.
- Tyre recycling.
- Construction waste recycling.
- Paper recycling.
- Battery Recycling.
- Cartridge recycling and
- Industrial waste recycling.
According to experts, all sorts of used scrap metal maybe profitable. The waste and recycling sector is a broad one though, and there are lots of areas that remain unexploited.