Hello, my name is Vanessa. I would like to welcome you to my site about the environment. Growing up, I lived along a beautiful river full of jumping fish. The birds flew overhead, ready to catch their next meal in their talons. I watched as the wildlife lived in relative harmony along the riverbed. Unfortunately, as I reached my adult year, the river’s water quality and wildlife populations started to decline. Pollution was cited as the cause, which broke my heart. I will use this site to explore the way societies are damaging the world around them and propose solutions to solve this problem. Thanks.
Lead, in its most controversial state, is toxic to humans. However, many lead products are still vital to much of what you use and do everyday. For example, the battery in your car has lead plates in it, and lead may be the only viable option for different types of construction equipment or supplies. Because of its controversial nature and potential harm, a lot of lead is recycled, rather than mined from the ground where it could damage the environment. If you want to contribute to a better tomorrow, you can help by recycling your lead products. Here is how to safely handle and recycle any lead products you encounter at work and at home.
Most of the lead inside automotive and recreational vehicle batteries is safely encased. You should never attempt to break open these batteries to retrieve the lead parts because that would expose you and others to the lead. Instead, you should take the batteries to a collection drop-off point. Many automotive dealerships and repair shops offer battery collection services, but you may also be able to drop the batteries off at your town dump. (The dump may require a small recycling fee for handling and shipping, but at least you'll know that the batteries will be handled and recycled properly.)
Lead Pipe and Lead Wire
Lead pipes and lead wiring may be recycled by sending them to a lead smelter's location. You may need to collect a large amount of the lead pipe and lead wiring in order for a smelter to pick the materials up. The driver for the lead pickup will toss your collection of lead pipe and lead wire into the back of the truck, which means that you will not have to touch or handle the lead yourself after the driver has picked it up. (If you have to handle the lead pipe and lead wiring beforehand, be sure to wear work gloves and wash your hands after you set the lead products out to be picked up.)
While you may not encounter lead sheets at home, they may be part of what you do at work, especially if your job is in a manufacturing or industrial sector. Lead sheets and scraps left unused may be returned from the metal distributor from whence they came, and the metal distributor will either melt these scraps and sheets back down to make other lead products or reform new sheets of lead. You should wrap the sheets with shipping plastic and scraps may need to be returned in a recycling dumpster to prevent any contamination of the environment.