Batteries are just unavoidable in this hyper-electronic era and so is our reliance. But they’re dangerous too- this certainly is of serious concern and should continue to alarm us particularly when we’re dealing with industrial waste. Hold on, were you thinking about mobile phone batteries? Not at all! Instead, this inscription refers to those batteries charging our oil and gas industry. Then, how they do look like? Not only but below is an example of one:
But you may want to question, what? Could the waste be dangerous? Yes, it could be and it is. And this is exactly what our competent authorities and industry regulatory bodies, such as IATA, tell us about the used lithium batteries when declaring them as dangerous goods. Compliance is our obligation to safety but principally, we need to question ourselves, and I want your honest answer, should we really dispose them?
Well, the meditative answer should be a big No! Then, what should we do with this waste?
Yes, Recycling is the best answer! Even going beyond, recycling should be the law. This would be the best remedy to save our resources. And recycling would be a big plus for our economy. The amount of waste to be recycled is, though, still debatable and this directs the commercial competition.
The Australian Government National Waste Policy recently slogans: less waste, more resources. This is encouraging and vital to our sustainable future. The government’s initiative to implement beneficial reuse and resource recovery of waste materials deserves a warm reception by the recyclers, and more importantly, the dangerous goods transportation specialists because when it comes to safety, transportation is crucial of all. Whether it be about dangerous goods air freight, road, rail or sea transportation. the waste of lithium batteries could not be handled with desired sophistication unless the handlers are trained.
Let’s ask you now: