From toothbrushes and watches to power tools and toys—batteries power our lives. In fact, Americans purchase 6.4 billion batteries every year to run the gizmos, gadgets and technology that we use daily; 80% percent are single-use!
According to Earth 911, each year 180,000 tons of batteries are thrown in the trash in this country. But, that’s not the whole story… 82% of Americans say that given the opportunity, they would recycle their e-waste because it is the environmentally responsible thing to do!
Each and every day, rechargeable batteries can be recycled for free at retail locations like Ace Hardware, Best Buy, Lowe’s, Sears Hardware and The Home Depot. Check out the Call2Recylce handy guide to find a location near you.
Technology has advanced to the point that even single-use, alkaline batteries can be recycled economically. Unfortunately, permanent collection sites are lacking. Recycling household batteries can save over half of the energy of production and most of the raw materials plus reduce impact on groundwater.
For one day, only—on Saturday, November 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.—The Woodlands Township Environmental Services Department will sponsor free collection of alkaline batteries for recycling. Recycle single-use alkaline batteries and discover the exciting vision for battery recycling in Texas!
- Recycling Guidelines for Alkaline Batteries:
- AA, AAA, C, D and 9-Volt ONLY.
- NO rechargeables; NO lead-acid.
Battery recycling is just one of the many activities at the 3R Bazaar on Saturday, November 12, celebrating America Recycles Day. It is one day to educate, motivate and make recycling bigger and better every day of the year!
Follow the links below to read about more exciting opportunities available at 3R Bazaar:
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