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Waste Battery
Collection Project

After the speech of the president of TEMA Hayrettin Karaca regarding the damage the waste batteries are causing to the nature, Ates Oztan by designing a box for collecting waste batteries developed this project…

After learning from the speech of Hayrettin Karaca, that one battery causes the dead of billions of living creatures that live within 1 m3 soil, Ates Oztan who now had a better understanding of the waste problem, begun to be interested in this issue. At that time, Ates Oztan realized that the municipality started putting boxes for the waste batteries on the streets and the shopping malls, but people instead of the batteries were throwing corns or cookie packages, therefore he thought that informing people is prior to collecting the batteries and started his workings on this issue.

After preparing brochures and posters that describe the fatal consequences upon living creatures and the nature itself, due to the chemicals the batteries contain, Oztan designed a waste battery collecting box and with the contributions of a social association this project finally came to life.

The waste battery collecting boxes were sold to companies with symbolic prices and with the money earned from there, boxes were given to schools free of charge. This project which was supported by the whole Alfanorm family managed to collect 1-1.5 tons of waste batteries each year.

Why do we have to collect the waste batteries?

Batteries are the most dangerous chemical weapon that everybody can easily have. Batteries contain heavy metals such as mercury, cadmium and lead.

One lead oxide can make 800,000 liters of water undrinkable. It can destroy all life in 1 m³ soil. Is it wrong to call it chemical weapon? No.


Causes the destruction of the central nervous system, cancer, paresthesia, ataxia, dysarthria, and neurological disorders such as deafness, kidney, liver and brain tissue destruction as well chromosome ruination which later causes birth defects.


The elimination phase of the cadmium that gets in the body varies between 10-25 years. The body detects the cadmium as calcium and the calcium deficiency causes bone loss. It causes lung diseases, prostate cancer, anemia, tissue destruction, emphysema and chronic renal tubular disorders and adrenal gland destruction.


The elimination phase of lead in hard tissues such as bones and teeth lasts 20 years, children between 0-6 years old, compared to adults are 4 times more affected by lead pollution. It causes hearing disorders, anemia, stomach pain, kidney and brain inflammation, infertility, cancer and death.

What should we do;

      • The waste batteries should be collected in separate places (plastic bags, boxes, jars, etc.)
      • Batteries in your homes or working places must not be stored for long periods.
      • Waste batteries should be thrown to the closest waste battery collection boxes or should be returned to the place of purchase.

What we should not do;

      • Waste batteries used at home or at the working place in no way should be disposed together with the ordinary household waste and should not be thrown on the streets.
      • Waste batteries should not be disposed to seas, rivers, lakes or sewers.
      • Waste batteries should not be buried in the ground or discharged into the environment.
      • Waste batteries must not be burned in the fire.
      • We should not forget that the waste nickel-cadmium batteries contain cadmium which is very harmful to human health.
      • We should not forget that leaking batteries are very dangerous and should not be touched without gloves and the hands must be immediately washed afterwards.
      • Due to containing dangerous materials batteries should not be checked with tongue.
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