Batteries: Do you have one?

A slice of how I contribute in helping the environment for the Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day &.

For about 7 years, I have been putting old AA and AAA batteries in a big, plastic Folgers coffee container. I am quite an environmentalist. There’s that guilt feeling whenever I try to put one in the trash.

Over a month ago, I saw that big ad sign on the road that old batteries will be collected at a certain date during garbage collection. Phew! Finally! The government has thought about collecting them instead of letting them end up in the landfill.

Imagine how many of these batteries are being used by each household. I, myself alone have accumulated 187 of them. Most of them were from my wireless keyboard and mouse. The rest were from TV clicker and our clock in the kitchen. Yes. 187 batteries in 7 years for a single household. How many people have saved them to bring them to a recycling centre? It’s tiny that it’s much easier and convenient to toss them in the trash.

At home, we can fill up the big recycling bin in two weeks while the trash will only have a few small bags. Every time I see this, I always reflect on how less trash there will be if each and every one of us will recycle.

Why don’t we start with the young generation to prepare them for the future? Recycling should be discussed in the classroom and followed through. At the beginning of each school year, I will be policing the recycling bin and trash during recesses and lunches. They need to use reusable containers and any garbage from their lunch bags should go home. As much as they need to learn the academics, they should also be learning how to be responsible young citizens of the planet.

Now that these batteries are being collected, I wonder how they will be disposed? Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. How?





3 thoughts on “Batteries: Do you have one?

  1. Carol T

    If battery recycling were as easy as cans and bottles I’m sure more people would do it. May students could write a persuasive essay to their Mayor asking for a quarterly battery recycling curb side pick up

    1. Vilma Manahan Post author

      That’s a wonderful idea! Let your students voices be heard about this issue. This is also a way for them to be aware of how this little common household items are contributing to the landfill faster than we thought.

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