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Recycling In The Warehouse

By October 19, 2012

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Recycling In your warehouse you want to be green, but there are things that you want to recycle and wonder if it's actually possible. For many companies they are concerned about what they throw out as waste management companies can refuse to take some waste and charge extra for others items. One specific question that reoccurs is the disposal of batteries. Lead-acid batteries are used in many types of equipment in the warehouse and sometimes companies are tempted to just throw these in the trash. Lead-acid batteries can be the most harmful products in a landfill with a mixture of lead and sulfuric acid.

So when you find those dozen batteries behind the warehouse that you forgot were there, the best thing is to recycle them. Earth911 says that "lead-acid batteries have a 97 percent recycling rate, the highest of any consumer product in the US". The batteries can be recycled into three primary components; plastic, lead and sulfuric acid. So before throwing the old batteries into the dumpster, check for recycling options with the local AAA. You could also contact the supplier of your batteries, or even the manufacturer of your warehouse equipment for suggestions.

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