Only You Can Prevent Batteries from Entering Landfills

Battery Disposal

Your friends at OC Waste & Recycling offer a suggestion for perhaps one of the easiest new year’s resolutions ever: Properly dispose of batteries!

If you do, you will increase your environmental stewardship and help prevent waste fires.

We have all heard the slogan, “Reduce, reuse, recycle.” Three simple acts that you can do to eliminate waste, protect your environment, and divert materials from reaching landfills. However, do you know what else does not belong in landfills? Batteries.

That’s right, those tiny little contraptions that power everything from  remote-controlled race cars to the smart phone in your pocket throughout the day. Batteries contain a mixture of chemicals that when crushed or mishandled, can produce a chemical reaction. When conditions are right, improperly discarded batteries may lead to fires in your waste bins or at landfills.

Keeping batteries out of the waste bin will ensure they won’t reach our landfills, and you will be one of the few people who have accomplished their New Year’s Resolution! (Give yourself a pat on the back!)

Here’s how:  Conveniently located throughout Orange County are four Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers. The disposal service is free to residents of Orange County, and you can also bring  items such as old phones, TVs, computers, electronics, paint, oil, and aerosol cans.  While there, ask for a FREE battery bucket.

As we progress through 2021, and you have taken on the role as environmental steward, consider proper battery disposal before tossing them out and visit one of your local HHW centers today!