Where to return the used batteries? Addresses
The remote control stopped working, the radio for some reason refuses to catch music, the second hand stopped on the dial of an electronic watch ... In most cases, their repair requires simply replacing the old battery, after which the problem will be solved - the device will work again. However, despite the fact that the ability to switch channels, listen to the radio or wake up on time with the replacement of the battery immediately resumes, this also becomes the cause of a new problem, and much more global and environmental.
The fact is that a battery or a battery that is not properly disposed of has an extremely negative effect on the environment. So, only one finger-type battery that has fallen into a regular rubbish bin can eventually contaminate up to 20 m3 of soil or 400 l of water (according to the K.A. Timiryazev State Biological Museum, Moscow). Of course, this harm extends to plants of this area, and to animals. Indeed, on the notorious 20 meters of land in the forest, on average, two trees grow, two moles, one hedgehog, several thousand earthworms live.
The harm to humans should not be underestimated: the metal coating of the batteries deteriorates over time and the heavy metals contained in them fall into the soil and groundwater, and from there into the food from poisoned plants and animals and into the water that flows from our taps or artesian wells. Heavy metals from batteries that previously worked for the benefit of a person now begin to “play” against him - they accumulate in the body, affecting internal organs (liver, pancreas, kidneys), and sometimes even causing cancer.
The full extent of the problems associated with used batteries has already been understood in many countries. For example, in most European countries, spent batteries can be put in a special container in a supermarket. In Japan, batteries and accumulators are meticulously collected and stored until better times - when the best way to dispose of them will be found. But in Ukraine, the situation is rather sad: a person who does not want to harm nature will have to look carefully to find points where he can bring spent batteries. And far from always he will agree to accept them on a free basis. It is unlikely that this state of affairs can cause people to be enthusiastic and make them treat this problem with due attention. After all, throwing the old battery into the bin is faster and easier.
You can bring used batteries and accumulators any day from 9:00 to 19:00. Our office is located at: Kiev, st. Kikvidze, 26 . For any questions regarding this project, you can contact its head - Dmitry Gramodanov (095 885 36 73)
Used Battery Reception Points
The initiative group Ecofan, led by Rita Oksyuta, organized collection points for used batteries in the capital.
In the winter of 2012, 14 such points were created in Kiev and 1,500 batteries (36 kg) were collected in six months. All collected batteries were sent to the Lviv state enterprise Argentum, where the batteries are first sorted by type, then grinded and separated (dry or wet), which separates the materials inside - zinc, lithium, nickel.
Now the activists decided to continue collecting batteries and created a new, ongoing VivaBat project, which provides not only for the organization of collection points for used batteries for their subsequent disposal, but also for informing the public about the importance of proper handling of used batteries.
All ecofans know that used batteries should not be thrown into the trash, because they contain a "volatile mixture" of harmful substances that pollute the earth and water. From now on, disposing of used batteries for recycling has become easier. In each of the 285 Watsons Ukraine stores in 89 cities of Ukraine, special containers for collecting batteries appeared.
Addresses where you can and should take old batteries
In Podorozhnik stores at KLO gas stations : this is the most popular participant in the action - at 52 gas stations, containers for collecting used batteries are installed in the checkout area.
The newspaper “Den” not only wrote a few materials about this initiative, but also installed a collection box in the reception at its reception.
The Taras Bulba restaurant (Victory Ave., 84b) put a box for collecting batteries in the Blinnoy house.
Several boxes are in the KPI .
In Kiev, Simferopol and Lugansk, used batteries can be returned to the I-ME company store or to the courier of this store.
- Kiev: Victory Avenue street 2. 1st entrance. Apt 15
- Simferopol: st. Roses Luxembourg, 16 sq. M. 20
- Lugansk: Solnechny quarter, house 3, landmark - Absolute supermarket.
For questions about the delivery of used batteries in your city, you should contact the activists of the All-Ukrainian Ecofan project on the VKontakte social network. The action, in principle, is designed for cities hosting Euro 2012, but we think the guys will be able to suggest something useful.
A simple tip: if possible, switch to batteries - you have to throw them out much less often.