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eddylee113
Feb 28, 2018 3:25 AM CST
Old AAA size alkaline batteries, is it good to use it as a ferterize for plant? What wl happen if you put it into the soil?
Thanks. Located in Bangkok Thailand.
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Christine
Feb 28, 2018 7:44 AM CST
That is such a bad idea on so many levels,IMHO

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greene
Feb 28, 2018 7:56 AM CST
eddylee113 said:Old AAA size alkaline batteries, is it good to use it as a ferterize for plant? What wl happen if you put it into the soil?
Thanks. Located in Bangkok Thailand.


It is being done. Here is a link with instructions. Please do research.
https://permies.com/t/26737/Co...
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crawgarden
Feb 28, 2018 7:59 AM CST
I just take them to the recycle center.
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plantladylin
Feb 28, 2018 8:19 AM CST
In my opinion, we don't need to add more pollution to the earth; I would try to find a local recycle center for proper disposal.
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Baja_Costero
Feb 28, 2018 11:20 AM CST
Unless you have a particular zinc or manganese deficiency, I don't see much use. You would have to process the internal components carefully with several steps to make the metal available and useful, rather than just putting the battery in the soil intact. A failure to process correctly (based on greene's link) could screw up the pH balance of your soil or have some other weird effects that interfere with happy plants.

And for what it's worth (see same link) the processing of alkaline batteries should not be called composting... it has little to do with composting as the word is normally understood (no organic matter, no microbes), pretty much a straight up industrial process shrunken down to household size.

Like Lin and Rj, I would look for a proper recycling center instead of putting trash in the garden.
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greene
Feb 28, 2018 5:33 PM CST
Speaking for myself, I would take them to the recycle center but the OP lives in Bangkok, Thailand. I have a plant friend who lives in Bangkok and over the past several years I have learned that what we here in the US take for granted is not always readily available in other countries, which is why I offered that link. I figured it was a good starting point for someone wanting to research other options.

Note: I also learned from my friend that folks in BKK do not like to throw anything away - that everything must have some secondary purpose. I once explained how useful Zip-Ties were and...well, she decided they were a 'one-time use' item and did not go on her shopping list.
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