As electronics become more and more popular, the use of batteries grows. It becomes increasingly important for consumers to be aware of the threat of improper battery disposal. It's estimated that households alone discard over 200 million lbs. of batteries each year into our landfill. These same batteries over time will break open and leak their contents into our soils, with pollutants eventually ending up in our creeks and other water sources.
You can take a steps to prevent possible exposure to the dangerous elements found in your batteries.
- Use batteries for their intended purpose. Tampering with them for an at-home scientific experiment can cause them to break open, leaking their contents
- Do not mix batteries with other metal objects such as keys or money. Items rubbing against the batteries can cause them to short circuit and may cause heat and/or sparks.
- Purchase rechargeable batteries that can be used over and over to reduce the quantity of batteries you will have to purchase and discard.
- Always remove batteries from items that you will not be using or will be storing for a long period of time. Batteries can break open or corrode inside of the item, possibly damaging the equipment.
- RECYCLE! RECYCLE! RECYCLE! Collect old household and automotive batteries and take them to the Household Hazardous Waste Center on Saturdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Be sure to keep them in a cool place up high enough to be out of your children's reach. It's a good idea to keep a medium sized lidded plastic container to store your used batteries in and then take them to be recycled when it's full.
- If you have rechargeable batteries to recycle, they can be brought to Target for recycling.
For more information on how to safely use and dispose of household and automotive batteries, check out http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/ReduceWaste/Batteries/.
Vacaville, Dixon and Solano County Resident who are Recology Vacaville Solano customers may place their alkaline batteries in a ziplock bag and place the bag on top of their Blue Recycling Toter. Recology will pick up the batteries on your regular collection day. You may also take your batteries to the Recology Vacaville Solano Hazardous Waste Center located at 855 1/2 Davis Street on Saturdays from 9am to 3pm
Call Vacaville Recycling at 707.469.6509 or Recology Vacaville Solano at 707.448.2945 for more information.