Chicago launches permanent battery recycling
Chicago, IL— Chicagoans
now have an easy way to recycle their batteries with the City
of Chicago’s new permanent battery recycling program. People
can recycle their batteries at all Chicago public libraries and
Walgreens stores across the city.
“This program is very user-friendly
thanks to our partners at the Chicago Public Library and Walgreens
who are offering us more than 200 drop-off sites across the city,”
said Al Sanchez, Commissioner of the Department of Streets &
Sanitation, which administers the City’s recycling program.
“Residents now have a convenient
place to dispose of household batteries and it’s good for
the City and the environment by removing this material from the
general waste stream.”
Batteries might seem like a small
item, but 3 billion batteries are thrown away every year, creating
a very real concern for society and the environment.
Recycling batteries in the new
program is very simple. Residents can deposit batteries, either
alkaline, rechargeable, or other common types, in a receptacle
at one of the designated locations.
The batteries are shipped to
Battery Solutions, Inc., a national battery recycler, who will
recover the batteries and recycle them.
Funding for the City of Chicago’s
battery recycling program has been provided in part through a
grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.