The Solid Waste Management District began collecting batteries in 2009. At the time the program was implemented, household batteries still contained added mercury that was known to be a hazard to the environment. Laws have been passed to phase out the added mercury, but it has been a long slow process. In our rural region, there are no local facilities available to recycle alkaline batteries, so residents are advised to place the used alkaline batteries in the trash.
Over the last four years region residents have contributed a total of 2,906 pounds of batteries of all types. Of that amount, 1,782 pounds (61%) were alkaline batteries. We appreciate the dedication to keeping our environment clean and reducing the need for raw materials by recycling. If it were possible to recycle the batteries locally, we would continue to support alkaline battery recycling. It is still vitally important to recycle lithium, ni-cad and lead acid batteries properly.
In Maryville, Best Brands Plus will take lithium and ni-cad batteries and cell phones. They will also take flat TV’s, computers and monitors. The annual household hazardous waste collections funded by the Solid Waste Management District will continue to accept lithium, ni-cad and lead acid batteries on the day of the collection. Please call Linda at (660) 582-5121 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Keep our environment free of hazardous chemicals by disposing of hazardous batteries in a safe, responsible way. Remember, only alkaline batteries are acceptable in the trash. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!