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MCDH offers residents a way to recycle depleted batteries

Pilot program for collection of AA, AAA, C, D, 9-volt depleted batteries

Post Date:12/12/2017 11:02 AM

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
McHenry County Department of Health
2200 N Seminary Avenue, Woodstock IL
Contact Keri Zaleski 815-334-4456; cell 815-236-3238
  

WOODSTOCK IL – During the Holidays, households typically go through a lot of batteries.  This season, McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) is offering residents a way to recycle depleted single-use non-rechargeable household batteries (sizes AA, AAA, C, D and 9-volt).   For a limited time the Health Department is collecting these batteries from residents at no cost. 

Statistics from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tell us that Americans throw away more than three billion batteries each year. That's about 180,000 tons of batteries. More than 86,000 tons of these are single use alkaline batteries.  Kristy Hecke, Solid Waste Manager for MCDH, reminds people “Before pitching those spent batteries into the trash, stop…think…and recycle them at MCDH!  Recycling is an easy way to reduce waste from disposal in sanitary landfills, improve sustainability efforts and protect the environment.” 

This single-use non-rechargeable battery recycling opportunity is being piloted as an economically viable and environmentally sound option for single-use non-rechargeable batteries while helping to preserve landfill capacity. All of the batteries collected will be shipped to Battery Solutions, a United States-based battery recycler where the batteries are separated by chemistry and recycled into materials such as zinc and manganese concentrate, steel, paper and plastic.

Through January 31, 2018, residents may bring single-use alkaline AA, AAA, C, D and 9-volt batteries to MCDH, Building A, 2200 N Seminary Avenue in Woodstock.  The Health Department is open from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  For more information visit the Health Department website at www.mcdh.info or contact Kristy Hecke at 815-334-4585.

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