• Question: If people throw batteries away (and no one picked them up) what would happen to the batteries.?

    Asked by R.I. FLOURINE to Philip, Maxime, Jake, Ann, Annette, Amy Heather on 12 Nov 2019.
    • Photo: Philip Schuler

      Philip Schuler answered on 12 Nov 2019:

      I guess either they will melt in one of Ireland’s very few incinerators, or probably more likely end up in a landfill

    • Photo: Ann Reen

      Ann Reen answered on 19 Nov 2019:

      The heavy metals in the batteries (mercury, cadmium) could leak out, find its way to water courses & pollute the water.

    • Photo: Amy Heather Fitzpatrick

      Amy Heather Fitzpatrick answered on 21 Nov 2019:

      Batteries are can be made from acid, lead, nickel, lithium, cadmium, alkaline, mercury and nickel metal hydride. If you left batteries on the ground the outside would disintegrate and the toxic chemicals would pour out and go into the nearby soil or water. If humans or animal drank this water if could make them sick.