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Battery Recycling Not Just For Earth Day

  

It's been five years since the auto club AAA made its offices in northern California year-round drop-off sites for large batteries.

Since then, the company has collected more than 700,000 car, RV, boat, and tractor batteries.   AAA's Cynthia Harris says Wednesday, is Earth Day, is as good a day as any to dispose of old batteries.

"Clean out those basements, garages, the back of your truck, get rid of those harmful batteries that you no longer need and send them to AAA," he says. "We will recycle them for free."

Harris says 98 percent of a battery can be recycled. AAA gives the batteries to recyclers to turn them into new batteries.

Since the program began in 2001, recyclers have re-used 8.4 million pounds of lead, 1.4 million pounds of plastic, and almost half-a-million gallons of sulfuric acid.

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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