Fast Facts - BatteriesFast Facts - Batteries2016-02-26T08:00:00ZGP0|#a7f200e3-d438-4fb5-bdb4-385767b1eb24;L0|#0a7f200e3-d438-4fb5-bdb4-385767b1eb24|Issue 18;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass964F9D82C05648D3A4A65D23AD09AC80"><p>In celebration of the National Battery Recycling Campaign throughout February </p><ul><li>In 1748 Benjamin Franklin first coined the term "Battery" to describe an array of charged glass plates</li><li>In 1800 Alessandro Volta is credited with inventing the voltaic pile in 1800 thereby producing the first practical method of generating electricity – essentially the first battery.</li><li>The voltaic pile was made by alternating plates of zinc and copper that had pieces of cardboard soaked in brine between them. The metallic conducting arc was used to carry the electricity over a greater distance</li><li>National Battery Day in part recognizes and acknowledges a great invention that would be hard to live without. Batteries are used in many things in our everyday lives.</li><li>National Battery Day also reminds us to take charge and recycle all we can. More than 95% (over 635 million in 2010) of all single-use consumer batteries sold in Canada end up in landfills.</li><li>As batteries degrade in landfills, chemicals and heavy metals can leak into our topsoil and groundwater, our ecosystems and in our bodies.</li><li>Recycling batteries and electronic devices keeps them out of landfills.</li></ul></div>0