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Old batteries are recycled

June 29, 2003

The Washington County Recycling Office has partnered with the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corp. to recycle old, unusable rechargeable batteries at no charge, according to a written statement from Washington County government.

County residents may drop off rechargeable batteries at five locations: Forty West Landfill at 12630 Earth Care Road off U.S. 40, Greensburg Convenience Center on Bikle Road, Kaetzel Convenience Center on Kaetzel Road, Hancock Convenience Center on Hess Road and Dargan Convenience Center on Dargan School Road.

Residents do not need a permit or to pay for recycling to drop off rechargeable batteries.

Items that will be accepted include small rechargeable batteries weighing less than two pounds labeled as nickel cadmium (Ni-Cd), nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH), lithium ion (Li-ion), or small sealed lead batteries (Pb).

Alkaline batteries or nonrechargeable batteries will not be accepted.

The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corp. will pay for the batteries to be shipped to a recycling plant and the county's cost will be minimal.

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The county has asked residents wishing to drop off batteries at the Forty West Landfill to call the Solid Waste Department at 240-313-2790 for additional information on the drop-off point.

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