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Buckeye changes battery disposal program

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By West Valley View staff

The city of Buckeye is no longer providing battery drop-off containers at its facilities.

Officials have found that transporting these batteries has resulted in hazardous fires in city vehicles, trash trucks and the landfill.

Anyone with batteries that need to be disposed of right away should call to schedule a drop-off time at 623-349-6802 or 623-349-6805.

Most batteries can be disposed of in the trash. If residents are in doubt, they should tape the ends with clear tape, store in a plastic container in a cool dry place and bring to a drop-off location for proper disposal.

The standard alkaline AA, AAA, C and D batteries do not contain metals that are hazardous to the environment. Tape the ends with clear tape and dispose of in the trash.

Nickel-zinc batteries, which are rechargeable, do not contain metals that are considered hazardous to the environment. Tape the ends with clear tape and dispose of in the trash.

Lead-acid batteries’ ends should be covered with nonconductive tape (electrical tape or clear tape) and brought to a drop-off location.

Nickel cadmium and nickel metal hydride batteries’ ends should be covered with clear tape and brought to a drop-off location.

Lithium ion and lithium polymer batteries are temperature sensitive. Tape the ends with clear tape, store in a cool place, and bring to a metal recycler or to a drop-off location

Button batteries’ ends should be covered with clear tape and brought to a drop-off location.

All batteries 9-volts and higher should have their ends taped and brought to a drop-off location.

Drop-off locations include:

• Lowe’s – Collection area is at the front door for rechargeable batteries (also compact fluorescent lights)

• Auto Zone and Walmart automotive – lead acid batteries (automotive batteries)

Buckeye Public Works is located at 23454 W. MC Hwy 85. Call 623-349-6802 or 623-349-6805 for more information or to schedule a drop off of household hazardous waste.

 
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