January 16, 2008

Dead Batteries!?!?

  • 1 Digital SLR
  • 1 Film SLR
  • 1 Digital Point n' Shoot
  • 3 On Camera Flashes
  • 1 Light/Flash Meter
  • 1 Visible Dust Sensor Cleaner

What do all these things have in common? They all live in my camera bag and they all need batteries. That list does not include my car battery, the battery in the UPS my computer is hooked up to, a couple of laptop batteries, my cell phone battery, the battery in my watch, or the battery in my iPod. All those batteries are in the devices I use for my photography business. If you have lost track... that's 14 devices that use batteries and some of those devices use multiple batteries, and I have several sets of batteries ready as back-ups. That's a lot of batteries! And there are even more things that use batteries in my everyday life.

I now have a couple of batteries, from different devices, that have given up the ghost. Luckily, I have an easy solution for sending my dead batteries for recycling here in Whistler, BC. But not everywhere is as environmentally conscious. I don't want to sound "preachy" (if that's even a word) but batteries need to be recycled, and as photographers we need to do our part.

So after a little bit of research I found this link to where you can recycle your batteries. And while you're there check out the rest of the site www.earth911.org.

If you know of a location to recycle batteries in your area, please post the information in the comments. Thanks.

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