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Battery recycling program reorganized

FALLBROOK – After three and one-half years of resounding success, Keep Fallbrook Clean and Green’s community program for recycling household dry cell batteries will be incorporated into Fallbrook Waste and Recycling’s larger battery collection program, underwritten by its parent company, EDCO.

Since early in 2007, and with the generous support of several local groups and individuals, Keep Fallbrook Clean and Green has recycled close to 12 tons of household batteries. Every battery that is recycled protects our environment and spares our landfills and aquifers from the hazardous materials contained in these batteries.

Several months ago, EDCO announced they would begin recycling household batteries, and KFCG has arranged for the Fallbrook program to be absorbed into EDCO’s larger, corporate program. What this means is that batteries are now being accepted at the recycle area at Fallbrook Waste and Recycling, 550 West Aviation, and will no longer be accepted at the Fallbrook Public Utility District, although there will be a brief transition period as FPUD un-installs its curbside container.

The collection containers at our two local markets will remain in place, thanks to the efforts of the Fallbrook Village Rotary volunteers, currently Jack Acomb and Stan Neiman, who will continue to transport these batteries to the central collection point.

Keep Fallbrook Clean and Green representatives said the organization is “deeply indebted to its original partner, the Fallbrook Public Utility District, for housing the program’s curbside container in its parking lot, and for providing the manpower and equipment to store and ship the batteries collected during these years.”

Keep Fallbrook Clean and Green also acknowledged the Angel Society of Fallbrook for providing the startup money and operating expenses for almost two years of this innovative program. Ongoing funding has been provided by Supervisor Bill Horn, Renee Ingold, Rotary Club of Fallbrook, and Fallbrook Village Rotary. Without the support of these donors, the organization said the battery recycling program would not have been possible.

Residents are reminded that household batteries can not be disposed of in 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 (used in watches and hearing aids); and lithium batteries (mainly used in computers and cameras).

Residents with oversized batteries to recycle, or large quantities of household batteries, should not try to force them into the small collection containers at local markets, but take them directly to the Fallbrook Waste and Recycling parking lot and deposit them in the collection container located near the aluminum recycling station.

For more information, contact Anne Burdick, Keep Fallbrook Clean and Green, at (760) 728-7828.


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