January 7, 2010

Battery Recycling Update - January 2010

. January 7, 2010

It's been a while since I posted about the battery recycling program at Woolridge Elementary School. The battery recycling program started back in October 2008, and it has been a tremendous success. Many of you brought in your batteries so they could be recycled and not go into our landfills. So far we have recycled over 150 pounds of batteries.

In 2009, we had some bad news when the store we were bringing the batteries to stopped accepting alkaline batteries for recycling. The good news is that, because of our fundraising efforts, the Green Club pays to ship these batteries so they can be properly recycled. Batteries are shipped to Battery Solutions where the batteries are sorted according to their different types. Most of the batteries received at Woolridge are alkaline batteries. They are placed in molten mill furnaces as a feedstock. The zinc from the batteries is fumed off into a vacuum bag house for recovery, while the end metal product is used to make low-grade steel (i.e. rebar). Click HERE to learn how the other different battery types are recycled.

Please continue to bring in all of the other types of batteries noted below.

  • Household batteries, both rechargeable and non-rechargeable, such as: D-cell, C-cell, AA, AAA, 9-volt, and button cells

  • Rechargeable battery packs from: Cell phones, cameras, laptop computers, power tools, etc.

  • Handheld electronics: Cell phones, iPods, PDAs, pagers, and so on.

  • Any other dry-cell batteries.

What types of batteries will NOT be accepted?

  • Lead acid batteries from: Automobile, motorcycle, boats, and outdoor power equipment

  • Any other wet-cell batteries

So keep those batteries coming in. Please remember to not bring batteries in if they are leaking or damaged. Leaking batteries can burn your skin. Also, please remove batteries from any electronics device before putting them in the recycling bin.




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