AAA hosts month-long ‘green’ Great Battery Roundup
During the entire month of April, AAA Oregon/Idaho Approved Auto Repair/Total Repair Care (AAR/TRC) facilities will accept, at no cost, used automotive or marine lead-acid batteries and send them to plants where they can be recycled into new batteries.
"Used vehicle batteries are potential fire and safety hazards because of their lead and sulfuric acid content," said AAA Idaho Public Affairs Director Dave Carlson. "Some are illegally disposed of in dumpsters, or simply placed in family garages, yards or storage sheds where they could leak and contaminate the soil and groundwater."
The AAA facilities receive hundreds of old batteries during the annual Great Battery Roundup.
Beyond contaminating the surroundings, these batteries may also explode and cause a fire, or become a source of lead poisoning to humans and animals Carlson said. Nearly 97 percent of a vehicle battery is recyclable, but an estimated five million spent batteries are not recycled each year.
AAA encourages anyone wishing to recycle used batteries to follow basic safety procedures: wear gloves and safety glasses when handling batteries; keep the batteries upright and transport them in a sturdy box or plastic container; make sure the batteries do not tip over in a moving vehicle; if the battery is cracked or leaking, place it in a leak-proof container; do not smoke near the battery or expose it to an open flame.
About 150 AAA Oregon/Idaho AAR/TRC facilities are Great Battery Roundup drop-off sites. For a complete list of participating Idaho facilities, call 800-AAA-HELP, or contact any of the AAA Idaho Service Centers in Boise, Twin Falls, Pocatello or Meridian.