Battery Bonanza

Batteries
 
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Hey how ya doin’ and welcome to another Green Tip Tuesday! Winter Storm Stella is in full send as we speak and snow bums everywhere rejoice, Old Man Winter is tired, but he’s not giving up yet. I’ve been saying it all winter, we’re riding till June folks, keep the snow comin’ Ullr. Make sure to get some gnar gnar pow shots on camera, put it on the Instagrams, hashtag (#) powesnowboards, and then go look at it on the new site (shameless plug). NOICE. Now let’s move onto our Green Tip of the week.

Ever find yourself in a situation where you’re changing the batteries in let’s say, a remote, or xbox control, maybe a fire alarm? Of course you do, everyone has this problem. It’s a super easy problem to fix (hopefully) and doesn’t consume much time at all, but the real problem is the waste involved. Now, over time batteries have become extremely efficient and more manageable waste, which is excellent, but the real problem is, what the heck do you do with the dead ones? Three quarters of your time spent dealing with the battery scenario is figuring out how to dispose of them correctly. Let’s take a closer look at this conundrum.

First thing’s first, don’t simply toss them into the trash. If you are lazy and do this, the batteries WILL end up in a landfill and eventually leak contaminants into our waterways, environment, flora, and fauna, and it will all be your fault. While improvements have been made and newer batteries claim to be much less harmful, let’s just remember that they are non-biodegradable and have some pretty nasty contents. Instead of throwing them in the nearest receptacle, be mindful and take the necessary procedures to ensure the safety of our environment.

For standard, household batteries i.e. AA, AAA, D ( I think you get the idea) you can simply recycle them, just like you would with your bottles, cans, and cardboard. Well… not exactly the same way, but the same idea! Just like your standard recycling, you can designate a bin, or container, for all your used up batteries, and empty it when it’s full. If you choose to store multiple batteries at a time make sure you’re doing it the safe and smart way by taping the terminals of the battery (the ends of the battery). Generally, having terminals ends touching untaped isn’t a big deal in newer batteries, but it’s a crazy world and you never know what’s going to happen.

Once taped up they’re pretty much good to sit around in your collection area until you are ready to recycle them. One way you canrecycle them is by using a mail-in service like The Big Green Box, a super convenient and low effort service. Basically, they send you a package and you’ll assemble said contents of package into a little box, which you’ll then fill with your batteries and mail back. In states like Vermont, we have designated drop off locations that can be looked up on the interwebs or through a local phone book, but let’s face it, no one uses phone books. Also, WOO go Vermont!

Well, that’s it for this week’s Green Tip Tuesday folks, thanks for reading up! Stay tuned on our latest adventures and keep us posted on your powder filled week! Cheers!