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Keep Batteries, Cell Phones and All Other Electronic Waste Out of the Trash!

November 5, 2018

Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) batteries are commonly found in cell phones, laptops, cordless phones, household electronics or power tools and are considered hazardous waste when they are discarded. Unfortunately, more and more dangerous incidents are being reported involving explosions or fires caused by improperly disposed cell phones or Li-Ion batteries. All batteries and electronic waste must be properly recycled or taken to a household hazardous waste disposal facility or event, and NEVER placed in trash or recycling carts! 

Batteries and most electronic waste are considered hazardous because of the metals and/or other toxic or corrosive materials contained within. Even when batteries have reached their end-life, they still hold a small charge. If batteries are not discarded properly, they can potentially explode and cause a fire in a collection cart, truck or in a disposal facility when crushed. 

Click here to watch a short animated video on battery safety from the Avoid the Spark campaign.

For information on where residents can bring unwanted Household Hazardous Waste (HHW), E-Waste and U-Waste items, place your cursor over Recycling Information on the navigation bar above and click on HHW & Special Items. 

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