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Battery recycling program completes two years

FALLBROOK — Keep Fallbrook Clean and Green’s (KFCG) community program for recycling household dry cell batteries reached another milestone this month in completing two full years of operation – with resounding success.

In the span of two years, the innovative program has recycled more than 13,300 pounds of household dry cell batteries, collected in eighteen 55-gallon drums. Every battery that is recycled protects the environment and spares landfills from the hazardous disintegration of these batteries.

The community recycling program consists of multiple collection sites throughout Fallbrook: a curbside collection container in the parking lot at Fallbrook Public Utility District (FPUD) and smaller containers located at Major Market and Albertsons.

Fallbrook Public Library and Joe’s Hardware Store also participate in the battery recycling program but are now funded separately under a San Diego County grant.

KFCG administers the battery program, obtains funding for the program, purchases the equipment and establishes the program’s guidelines.

FPUD houses the curbside collection container in its parking lot and provides the manpower and equipment for storing and shipping the batteries collected.

Residents are reminded that household batteries cannot be disposed of with regular trash because of the hazardous materials that they contain.

Household batteries include Alkaline batteries (AAA, AA, C, D and 9-volt), nickel-cadmium rechargeable batteries (NiCads), button batteries (small, round, silver-colored, used in watches and hearing aids) and lithium batteries (AA, C, 9-volt and coin; mainly used in computers and cameras).

Oversized batteries should not be forced into the small collection containers but deposited in the bright green curbside container in FPUD’s parking lot, 990 East Mission Road.

For more information, contact Anne Burdick of KFCG at (760) 728-7828.


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