More than ever before, rechargeable batteries, many of which are embedded in consumer products, allow everyone to go “wireless.” According to the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC), consumers use an average of six wireless products in their daily lives with cell phones and cordless power tools topping the list. This adds up to a considerable waste stream issue when the batteries or the products they are embedded in need to be replaced. The batteries also pose a significant fire risk to solid waste vehicles and solid waste and recycling facilities when they are disposed of improperly.
The Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency (DMASWA) is reminding everyone to recycle all batteries and battery containing devices. Recycling batteries and battery containing devices conserves natural resources by recovering valuable metals, reduces the risks from improper disposal and protects our community by eliminating materials which can contaminate waterways or land resources.
Batteries and battery containing devices should never be placed in your recycling bin or household trash. Several locations, including the Regional Collection Center located at the landfill accept batteries and battery containing devices. For a complete list of sites and more information, go to DMASWA.org/wastesearch or call 563-557-8220.