Tips From The Expert: How to Properly Dispose of Used Batteries from Your Holiday Gifts

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By Christine Wied

According to the Consumer Electronics Association, three out of four gift giving adults plan to purchase electronic products as gifts this year. These devices use batteries, rechargeable or single use.  Since February 2006 all batteries have been banned from the trash in California under universal waste laws because of the heavy metals, other toxics or corrosive materials they contain. They can have a huge impact on the environment and landfills, especially the rechargeable batteries. One small battery thrown in the trash may not seem like a big deal, but with three billion dry-cell batteries being used each year, that is a lot of potential pollution. Every battery counts.  The good news is that the batteries are recyclable and a valuable source of recycled metal and other components.

So where do you take those spent batteries?  Many retailers that sell batteries will also take them back for recycling. Check at such places as Lowe’s, Radio Shack, Batteries Plus and Staples to see what types of batteries they will accept. For the convenience of employees and residents, the City has special collection bins for all types of  batteries (except automotive) at City Hall,  the Maintenance Yard, the Police Department, the Police Department storefront at the mall and the Senior Center on Ventura Avenue. These batteries are collected and sorted by type and recycled properly. Batteries can also be brought to the Household Hazardous Waste collection events held on the third Saturday of each month except December. The next one is January 21, 2013.  Contact Environmental Sustainability Monday through Thursdays, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to make an appointment.

Batteries along with used electronic equipment or e-waste are accepted at any time at Gold Coast Recycling, 5275 Colt Street, Ventura. Their normal hours of operation are 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 5:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. Bring proof of City of Ventura residency or business for this no-charge drop off service.

Thank you for taking the time to recycle used batteries properly!

Contact: Christine Wied, cwied@cityofventura.net

“Get Your Green On” article for December 12, 2012 Open Line

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