Dead batteries: Free of Charge
- Grade 11
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I've tried my best to answer the questions of why I took action, what I've learned, how I took action, and what would be accomplished by doing this within my video, however I will give a written summary here as well.
I chose the topic of battery recycling.
I took action because I felt that the topic battery recycling was not being discussed nearly as much as it should be, hence why I made this informative video.
I did quite a bit of research on the topic, and tried to put as much relevant and useful information in here as I could. Through my research, I learned about the two main types of 5kg batteries that exist (those being rechargeable and single use batteries), as well as how to store them properly so as to prevent leakage (protected from extreme temperatures or damp areas in a cool, dry area with no flammable substances nearby, in a container comprised of non-conductive materials), and why we want to avoid leakage and throwing them out with the regular trash in the first place.
The reason why we want to dispose of them properly (in a licensed battery recycling depot; an example of such a facility would be Call2Recycle) is because when thrown out with the regular trash, a battery often ends up in a landfill/on exposed ground, where it may then leak into the soil and groundwater, causing potentially deadly contamination. If this is to happen, it may go on to kill nearby wildlife, and if it makes it far enough/if there is enough combined leakage, it is possible that it will kill people, too. Obviously, this is unwanted, so to avoid it, one should take care to recycle their batteries properly.
I felt as though if more people knew how dangerous improper disposal is combined with how easy it actually is to dispose of them properly, a lot more people would take the time to do so. However, again, I hardly saw anyone talking about the subject or even thinking about it, most simply not even knowing that you were unable to throw them out.
In fact, before researching the topic for this project, I hardly knew anything about it myself, and that was really the heart of my motivation; that shock that came with just how oblivious I was to this enormously important issue. The ease that came with taking action was astounding, too. After storing them safely, all you have to do is take them to the depot when you feel your container is getting full. It truly is so simple, and I felt it was so important that more people be made aware of it and how this small action can so greatly prevent harm to the environment.
I personally have requested (and successfully received) permission to set up battery collection stations around my school, and my action here in this video was to encourage people to set up their own battery collection stations in their homes, workplaces, and own schools. I've explained how and why such a thing could be done, so I hope that people will follow the advice.
If this takes effect much as I'd like it to, the amount of potentially toxic waste (batteries) coming into contact with the environment should be drastically decreased, and this would objectively be a very good thing for our environment.
As well, even if not very many people take part in this, every bit counts, so even if only, say, three people begin recycling their batteries because of this video, then that means there are now three less people letting harmful materials get into the environment, and that is wonderful.
Not to mention, even if they don't take part themselves, if they take this information and tell it someone else, it's possible they will, or that they'll pass it on to someone who will, and so on and so on.
Plus, one person who is able to introduce it to a school or workplace has just introduced the topic and made change very easily accessible to a massive amount of people, so little inspiration can go a very long way.
So, to summarize:
I made this video to spread awareness for an issue underrated in importance, and criminally under discussed as a result.
I learned a wide variety of things about types of batteries, how to store them safely, how to recycle them safely, why recycling them is important, what happens when we don't recycle them, and how easy the process of recycling them can be made to be.
I took action by gaining permission to set up battery recycling collection stations within my school, and also made a video to set up awareness and encourage others to set up their own battery recycling stations where they can.
Finally, the impact of this would be many less batteries leaking out into places where they could harm environments and living things.
It is worth noting that the video uploaded here had to be downscaled to 1280x720 in order to be uploaded here (it was originally 1920x1080), so it is not as high quality here as I would have liked for it to be. If you would like a higher quality version, then you can find that right here: