Recycling is one of the largest and highly important advocacies of today. It is logical, simple and very easy to do. Numerous environmentalists all over the world are encouraging people to save the planet by not carelessly throwing their batteries away, especially the rechargeable ones, and instead make new things (beautiful and even useful things!) Out of them. Recyclable batteries may be found in, among others, cordless power tools, cellular and cordless telephones, video camcorders, digital cameras and remote control toys and yes, in laptop computers as well!
If you own a Dell laptop or notebook computer, you bought to know that you can always recycle your unit's batteries. Here, if you think that your batteries have started to act up, do not throw them right away just yet!
One thing you can do is to contact Dell directly and ask if they can replace your battery for a new one either for free or for a nominal fee. Dell has what they call a "Battery Program" and you might be qualified to avail of a replacement.
Another thing you can do is to drop by a recycling plant or at a drop off center of an organization which aims to collect recyclable items such as your Dell laptop batteries. Compared to the days of old when people had to contact their local sanitation department or go out of their way to go to a recycling center (which, more often than not, did not accommodate individual consumers), there are national organizations now that receive these items and ship them to a recycling or refurbishing facility. Drop off centers are usually the branches of popular supermarket chains, bookstores, computer retail and repair shops, schools and home furnishings stores. If you're not sure if there's a drop off center near your area, search online for some of these national organizations (most of them have websites and toll free numbers) or ask your local government for help. Once the batteries reach the said state-of-the-art refurbishing facility, reusable materials such as nickel, cadmium and iron are taken and used in the manufacture of stainless steel and even in the production of new batteries.
You can do these two things in order to recycle your Dell laptop batteries. Recycling them is not just a way to get rid of what you think are useless batteries. It is, more importantly, your answer to the clarion call of keeping the environment safe, clean and sound for the future generations.
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