“Avoid the spark” to prevent battery fires.
Union County, NJ – In recognition of National Fire Prevention Week, the Union County Board of County Commissioners encourages residents to learn how to dispose of spent household batteries properly.
An increasing number of fires linked to improper battery disposal are occurring in waste hauling trucks, landfills and recycling facilities. Battery fires send clouds of noxious smoke into the air, expose workers to risk of injury, and raise costs for emergency response.
“Some types of batteries can be hazardous to people and the environment if disposed improperly,” said Commissioner Board Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “Residents can protect themselves and others by learning a few simple rules for the safe handling of spent batteries.”
The rule of thumb is that only single-use alkaline batteries can go into household trash. These batteries are clearly marked “alkaline” on the package.
Everything else requires special handling. That includes:
- Rechargeable batteries of any type.
- Single use “button” type batteries, such as those used in smaller electronic devices.
- Single use batteries marked “lithium.”
Residents can bring any of these batteries to Union County’s Household Hazardous Waste drop-off events for safe disposal. The next event will be held on Saturday, October 23. For location, hours, and a list of other special wastes accepted at the event, visit ucnj.org/recycling/household-special-waste.
Residents can also visit the organization Call2Recycle.org online for a list of nearby stores that accept spent batteries.
As a reminder, alkaline batteries may be disposed in household trash. Residents who are interested in recycling these batteries can learn about their options through Call2Recycle.
Quick links to all Union County environmental programs and activities are available at ucnj.org/green-connection.
For information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including the Union County COVID-19 Test Center at Kean University, the Mobile Test Unit, vaccination information, emergency food distribution and other support services, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information about COVID-19 is available through the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.
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