Guilty As Recharged
This labeling on this countertop battery recycling bin from Hong Kong states they only accept rechargeable batteries. That’s a shame, since non-rechargeable batteries are much more likely to be disposed of. Don’t folks buy rechargeable batteries so they can reuse them instead of tossing them out? Something smells fishy here, and it’s not the seafood market around the corner. Well, not JUST the market. (image via Kevin Lau)
Recycle Today, Recharge Tomorrow
The message is a bit fuzzy but what UniROSS seems to be saying is: recycle your non-rechargeable batteries by depositing them in this Johannesburg, SA bin, and next time buy rechargeable batteries from UNiROSS, “the rechargeable specialists”. What happens when your rechargeable batteries no longer hold a charge? Bring ’em to Hong Kong? (image via ICT4D.at)
A Series of Tubes
We’d all like to make a difference, it’s only human. We’d also like to see the difference we’re making – that’s also part of being human – and these transparent battery recycling tubes in Perth, Scotland perfectly capture our need to DO good and SEE the good we do. Is that clear? Maybe not as clear as these tubular battery bins but at least we’re trying. (image via Ninian Reid)
Be Best? Be Better!
Wow, Best Buy’s into recycling in a big way – literally! This jumbo jack-of-all-trades recycling bin offers an amazing EIGHT receptacles for (from left to right) gift cards, plastic bags, remotes & controllers, rechargeable batteries, ink & toner cartridges, more ink & toner cartridges, wires cords & cables, and… more wires cords & cables. Hmm, what’s wrong with this picture?
Two things stand out, and not in a good way: first off, there are actually SIX designated bins, not eight. Even if Best Buy customers are REALLY into recycling printer cartridges and cables, one bin opening for each would do just fine. Second, why are only rechargeable batteries accepted? We’re guessing people dispose of non-rechargeable batteries much more often than they dump wires and cables. (images via Jason Tester Guerrilla Future)
So TIL that India, the world’s second-most populous nation (over 1.35 billion in 2018), does not have a recycling facility for batteries… or at least that was the case in mid-2009, when the photo above was taken. That said, at least they’re taking used batteries over the mountains and out to a desert to be buried “respectably”… whatever that means. Denizens of that desert ecosystem might not be feeling too respected by this policy but that’s OK, there aren’t any water sources there. It’s not like plants, animals and people need water, right? (image via Kiran Jonnalagadda)
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