Changing behaviors around battery recycling – Waste Today

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Changing behaviors around battery recycling

Did you know that in May a fire broke out at the Marin Recycling Center that was traced back to a cellphone battery?

Luckily, we were able to contain the fire and no-one was hurt, but it served as yet another reminder that improper disposal of batteries can cause fires, putting people and property at risk. Bottom line: batteries are household hazardous waste and do not belong in your garbage.

Recently we had the chance to chat with Megan Smalley with Waste Today about some of the challenges we face at the Marin Recycling Center with contamination and the danger posed when batteries are not properly disposed of.

We encourage you to read the full article fro, Waste Today: Changing Behaviors Around Batter Recycling.


What to do with Batteries

Battery Type: Alkaline (AAA, AA, C, D), Carbon Zinc, Lithium (coin, button, AA, and nine-volt ), Lithium, Mercury, Rechargeable (Nickel-Cadmium), Silver Oxide (button cells) and Zinc Air (button cells). Recycling Options: Take to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility or Find an approved drop-off location near you from the folks at Call2Recycle.
Avoid the Spark

Avoid the Spark

For more information about battery safety and other disposal options, check out the Avoid the Spark campaign from Call2Recycle.

Use our Where Does It Go, Joe tool before you throw it away!

If you’re not sure how to properly dispose of or recycle something, use our Where Does It Go, Joe online tool. It takes the guesswork out of sorting. 

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