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Recyling your old batteries – GoRecycle

This post I would say is primarily for those of you who are based in the USA as sadly this company isn’t yet able to ship to the UK. However, after chatting with them, I felt compelled to share their mission with you guys. If you are based anywhere else in the world do have a read as this is an incredibly interesting company. Oh, also, head over to my very own page on their website to check out my discount code (I’m not excited, you are!!) as well as check out their products.

Over the last few months, I have had the pleasure of chatting with Devin from Go Recycle USA, an incredible company who specialise in recycling non-rechargeable alkaline batteries. There is a common misconception, especially over in the USA, that battery recycling is good for the planet, however, the majority of batteries recycled each year are sent from place to place before they eventually reach their final destination.

Not only that, but there are plenty of known scammers who claim to recycle your batteries when in fact all they do is ground them into pieces and pollute the earth with what is essentially a sham fertiliser! GoRecycle USA are different though, the batteries travel directly from you to them and they break the batteries themselves down into their raw materials and use them for plant fertilisers that are actually super great for the planet!

Who are GoRecycle USA?

GoRecycle USA are a branch within the company Catalytic Innovations, who are based in Missouri (it was kind of cool getting to say “Oh yes, I just had a call with Missouri today!”). The president and founder of the company Dr Scott Volner and Vice President Dr Caleb Hull are both alumni from University of Missouri and have both worked for the company for over 10 years.  They have developed a brand-new technology to allow the elements in batteries such as zinc and magnesium into their purest form to be used as a fertiliser or in the creation of new batteries. They are making huge steps to not only create the purest micronutrient fertiliser available but are also preventing millions of batteries from being thrown into landfill.

How does it work?

Although, the exact process is top secret and despite trying I wasn’t able to weasel the ins and outs of the process out of Devin, I was able to find out that during the extraction process, large amounts of carbon dioxide are used up to produce the compounds needed. This means that not only are they saving poisonous elements from entering landfill but are also absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in the process. So basically that’s two really awesome ways that they are trying to combat climate change all rolled into one!

If you want to find out more information about why your plants are going to love the fertiliser, head over to this link here.

How can I get involved?

If you are one of those people living in the USA and are super keen to get involved with this scheme, it really couldn’t be easier. Just head over to their website (click here) and use the code LOTTIE15 to get 15% off of your order. It costs under $3 a month. One battery recycling kit is designed to last over a year and  the cost of shipping the super heavy box (about 150lbs!!) is all included in the price. They are currently working on ways to make the service cheaper but for now they really need help from people passionate about saving the planet in order to do this.

You can also pick up the fertiliser made from the batteries sent into them at this link here.

Again, if you’re from the UK I am so sorry this service isn’t yet available to you. If you’re interested, I can do some more in depth research into what facilities we currently have here and if you’re a battery recycling company not based in the USA – take notes because we need more people like GoRecyle USA. I hope you have enjoyed today’s post. Make sure to check in again next week. Speak soon.

Lottie xx

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