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Don’t throw away batteries

Beth OrstadHigh Country Conservation CenterFrisco

As a recycler, I am surprised by the article titled, “Earth Talk” (May 5, Summit Scene) which states it’s acceptable to throw away batteries. The article reads, “… most municipalities now recommend simply throwing away such batteries with your trash.” The reason I am dismayed is because it is simple and free to recycle spent batteries in Summit County. The drop-off sites operate Monday through Saturday; all one has to do is drop the batteries into the bin provided. Cell phones are also accepted for recycling at the facilities. The benefits to recycling batteries include reusing the material for more batteries or recovering the “… other potentially toxic stuff,” like cadmium, lead and iron-nickel for steel production; therefore, conserving natural resources through reuse of the material. Also, the hazardous material is kept in one spot, not combined with other chemicals that may have been disposed of in the landfill. Consider the fact that by recycling, not trashing, batteries we can provide our future generations with a clean, non-toxic planet.


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