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 www.swancc.org
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