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Recycle Batteries at County Libraries

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January 8, 2009

Wondering what to do with old household batteries that cannot go in the trash? Well, now is the time to gather up your batteries and take them to the County library! That’s right; through March 31, all County Library branches will be collecting household batteries from the public free of charge as part of a pilot program.

The County Department of Environmental Health and County libraries are providing collection containers for household battery recycling in an effort to promote awareness of proper disposal. The pilot project is funded by a grant from the California Integrated Waste Management Board.

“We know people want to do the right thing. Our goal is to help make recycling these products easier,” said Supervisor Greg Cox, District 1.

Household batteries are considered “universal waste” by the state.  While less of a risk than other hazardous chemicals, universal waste can be toxic to the environment if not handled properly.  Other universal wastes include used fluorescent bulbs, electronics and products containing mercury, such as thermometers.

Prior to dropping off the batteries, residents should cover the positive ends of the batteries with tape and place them in a sealed plastic bag.

County Library branches

Battery and household waste disposal information

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