Batteries are an energy source, and many of our household devices have them. One type of battery, Lithium ion, is typically found in electronics such as cell phones, laptops, computers, cameras, etc., They are used because they are light and can hold a lot of energy. They are usually “rechargeable” and also do not contain toxic heavy metals such as lead or cadmium.
If the casing of the Lithium-ion battery cracks, then the Lithium can ignite once it makes contact with humid air. When this type of battery is placed in the trash or recycling container and is picked up by Rumpke’s truck and gets compressed, the battery casing may crack and cause a fire.
In order to dispose Lithium-ion batteries, Hamilton County compiled a list of places where one can safely dispose of these batteries depending on its type. Go to this site to learn more.
Additionally, Hamilton County produced a “Battery Guide” for resident’s reference. This guide shows the different types of batteries and how they are used.