Why do I need to recycle small batteries? Are batteries toxic? (With Bonus Video)

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Household batteries contain toxic metals such as Nickel, Zinc and Cadmium. Some batteries even contain corrosive acids. When batteries are tossed in a landfill, they can erode landfill liners and leak into groundwater and neighbouring water bodies. Even though batteries are small, they can have serious impacts on our health and our environment.  

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