By LENNY C. LEPOLA News Assistant Managing Editor
December 25, 2013
With today’s modern toys and devices most families use copious amounts of Double-A, Triple-A, C and D, and 9 Volt batteries. And if the mom and dad are of the responsible sort, they teach their children not to throw household batteries in the trash because household batteries, especially rechargeable batteries, contain toxic heavy metals such as lead, mercury and cadmium that should not be incinerated or disposed of in landfills.
But what are we to do with a box of expended batteries when it’s full? If we’re teaching our children to be green, we need a place to responsibly dispose of our used up batteries. We might make a phone call or two, and soon discover that most stores, even auto-parts stores that take dead car batteries, will not accept household batteries.
If you have occasion to visit Mt. Gilead your problem is solved. Morrow County Recycling Promotion and Litter Prevention Manager Louann Holmes recently announced that area residents can now dispose of household batteries free of charge at one of two Morrow County designated collection sites.
Holmes said the Morrow County Recycling Promotion and Litter Prevention program has initiated a countywide battery recycling program, where alkaline and rechargeable batteries - but not lead-acid car batteries - can be dropped off at either the Morrow County Health Department office (619 West Marion Road, Mt. Gilead) or Mid-Ohio Recycling and Sanitation (356 HPM Street, Mt. Gilead) for safe disposal.
“You can drop off any of your household batteries and button batteries,” Holmes said. “Each battery must have the ends taped - any kind of tape will work - so that the positive ends don’t connect and spark; or must be placed in individual zip top plastic bags before bringing them to be accepted for recycling.”
Holmes said kinds of batteries that are being accepted are standard household alkaline batteries (AAA, AA, C, D and 9 Volt) that are typically used in products ranging from cameras and clocks to smoke detectors and remote controls.
They are also accepting Button Batteries, the small, round, silver-colored batteries commonly found in watches and hearing aids.
Automotive batteries are not being accepted as part of the program, Holmes said, because most places that sell car batteries will accept the old car batteries for recycling (but there may be a fee for that service).
The Morrow County Office of Recycling Promotion and Litter Prevention, a program of the DKMM Solid Waste District and the Morrow County Health Department, offers the battery recycling initiative. The county’s battery recycling program is done through Battery Solutions, an ISO9001 and ISO14001 compliant company.
For more information, please call 419-947-1545, Extension 315 or email Holmes at < firstname.lastname@example.org >.