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SWANCC Rolls Out New Battery Recycling Program

February 3, 2011
 The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) recently established a Battery Recycling Program for rechargeable and alkaline batteries. The Agency has partnered with Interstate Batteries in Skokie to provide the recycling at no cost to SWANCC communities, as a corporate product stewardship initiative. 
Common household batteries are no longer accepted at Illinois EPA-sponsored household chemical waste events and facilities due to their benign nature and high recycling costs. On the other hand, rechargeable batteries contain heavy metals which pose a threat to our environment, and have a marketable recyclability. 
According to Mary Allen, SWANCC’s recycling and education director, “SWANCC receives a high volume of calls each week from residents seeking to recycle common household alkaline batteries instead of throwing them in the garbage. With this program, all types of residentially-generated batteries can be recycled, due to our partnership with Interstate Batteries.”
Batteries Accepted in SWANCC’s Program:
• Alkaline: AA, AAA, C, D and 9V
• Rechargeable: NiCd, NiMh, lithium ion, lithium polymer - Before dropping off rechargeable batteries, residents need to tape the contact points on each battery or place in an individual self-locking plastic baggie to avoid sparks.
The following communities are participating – drop-off details are posted at
Arlington Heights       Glencoe                       Morton Grove             Rolling Meadows
Barrington                   Glenview                     Mount Prospect           Skokie
Buffalo Grove             Hoffman Estates         Niles                            Wheeling
Evanston                     Lincolnwood               Palatine                       Wilmette
                                                                        Park Ridge                  Winnetka
For more information about Interstate Batteries, visit 


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