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Weekly Tips | June 24, 2013

Take Charge!


Calling all batteries! Have a drawer full of AAAs that no longer make the grade? Any plans for that vintage collection of used batteries? CleanScapes invites you to take charge by depositing your duds in an environmentally-friendly fashion.

Bring your dead batteries to Westlake Park on June 28, in downtown Seattle between 10 and 2 pm. They will be recycled by Call2Recycle. Normally, Call2Recycle accepts only rechargeable batteries but on June 28, Battery Recycling Day, they’ll take ALL batteries (weighing less than 11 lbs each).

If you miss this event, you can find drop off locations for all kinds of batteries on King County's “What Do I Do With?” website. If you have only rechargeable batteries (that no longer work), use the Call2Recycle drop off locator to find one of the 45 rechargeable battery drop-off locations in the Seattle area. If you live in the Shoreline area there are many options for battery recycling listed on the City of Shoreline website, including City Hall and the Richmond Beach and Shoreline libraries.

To limit your accumulation of batteries in the future, consider using rechargeable batteries. They look and act like regular alkaline batteries, but last longer.   Consumer Reports advice is:

The Big Picture

Nearly 480 million batteries end up in U.S. landfills every year. That’s enough to fill ten Great Lake freighters!(1)

Choosing rechargeable batteries not only reduces waste, but it can help address other environmental problems. Compared to disposal varieties, rechargeable batteries have a much smaller impact on air acidification, water and air pollution.(2)

The good news is that technologies for rechargeable batteries and battery alternatives are evolving at a fast pace. Research is being conducted on a plant-based battery(3), and a nickel metal hydride battery has been developed to eliminate toxic metal content.

Sources: (1) Raw Materials Company | (2) One Green Planet | (3) engadgetMother Earth News | PR Newswire | USBCELL | Voltaic

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