Household battery recycling program collects
A pilot program to recycle used household
batteries has collected 1,784 pounds of used household batteries
since Earth Day. Thirty-nine San Gabriel Valley area businesses,
located in California, volunteered to serve as collection sites
for consumers to properly dispose of household batteries. The
take-back program was organized by the San Gabriel Valley Council
of Governments and funded by a $395,966 grant from the California
Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery. California has
prohibited trash disposal of batteries since 2006.
Part of the initial project included surveys and focus groups
to reveal what consumers do with household batteries when they
reach their end of life. Of San Gabriel Valley residents surveyed,
59 percent were unaware that disposing batteries in the trash
violates state law, and 56 percent indicated that although they
know the law they still put batteries in the trash.
Batteries accepted in this take-back project include standard
AAA thru D size alkaline, and rechargeable batteries which come
in five chemistries and can be found in many products including
digital cameras, cordless phones, two-way radios, wireless keyboards,
cordless power tools and cell phones. All household batteries
under 11 pounds, alkaline and rechargeable, can be recycled at
take-back locations throughout San Gabriel Valley.
Take-back locations range from car washes, grocery stores and
camera stores, to hair salons and toy stores throughout the San
Gabriel Valley. Some take-back sites have had huge success since
April, collecting upwards of 250 pounds. The average take-back
locations collected 45 pounds of batteries over a 3-month period.
All locations are listed at www.sgvcog.org/batteryrecycling.
Participating businesses have a large sticker in a front window
to identify it as a take-back site.
Collection boxes are provided to the take-back locations by Call2Recycle®,
which is a national battery stewardship organization funded by
Residents may properly dispose of both alkaline and rechargeable
batteries at HHW round-up events that happen throughout the year
in the County of Los Angeles.