Lithium-ion batteries store lots of power in a small, lightweight format, making them a popular component of consumer products from laptops to e-cigarettes. Unfortunately, few of us consider how to dispose of batteries when we are finished with them, and the results may be fueling one of the biggest emerging problems in the world of waste: fires.
What’s out of sight is frequently out of mind, including that bucket full of household cleaners in the garage or under the sink. You use them, and then you are faced with the prospect of disposing of them. While it might be tempting to just throw these types of cleaners in the trash – don’t.