Did You Know?

Did you know? According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), every year roughly 180,000 tons of batteries are thrown away in the trash? Batteries can contain lead, cadmium, nickel, and mercury, which are all heavy metals that can contaminate the environment when not disposed of properly. In the landfill, batteries can begin to degrade or be crushed, causing toxins and corrosive acids to leach out. Damaged lithium batteries can explode or catch fire. How many of your batteries ended up in the trash last year?

Luckily, all battery types and sizes can be recycled and February 18th is National Battery Recycling Day! Recycling reduces waste to landfills, prevents pollution, and conserves natural resources. You can visit https://www.batterysolutions.com/recycling-information/ to learn more about the different battery chemistries, how batteries are recycled, and what the recycled material is used for. If you are looking to use less batteries, consider switching from alkaline to a rechargeable battery (lithium ion, nickel metal, or nickel cadmium).

In 2018, the City of Lawrence/Douglas County HHW Facility collected and recycled nearly 14,000 pounds of batteries from Douglas County residents and small businesses. The facility accept s all batteries: alkaline, lithium, nickel-cadmium, nickel metal, button cell, mercury, and lead acid. Open hours are Tuesday-Thursday from 8am-1pm and is located at 2201 Kresge Road in Lawrence. Beginning in March, the open hours expand to Tuesday-Friday from 8am-1pm.

For more waste reduction tips, visit www.LawrenceRecycles.org or call 832-3032. 

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