Article from April issue of AAA Motorist.
Discarded batteries often end up forgotten in the garage, but those bland-looking plastic exteriors can conceal a multitude of biohazards. Recycling an old battery not only reduces waste, it’s the safe thing to do. Over time, lead from discarded batteries accumulates and contaminates landfills, back yards and water supplies.
In celebration of Earth Day, AAA is once again sponsoring the Great Battery Round-Up, a local initiative to collect discarded vehicle batteries for recycling. This year’s event will be held in two locations: Tuesday, April 21, at Jeff Critchlow Auto Body, 1798 Babcock Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA; and Thursday, April 23, at Peterson’s Towing, 1512 West 12th Street, in Erie, PA. The times are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
People who recycle their used automotive batteries will receive a $5.00 bounty for each battery (up to a limit of 3). Or if they prefer, a $5.00 donation will be made to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, to protect and preserve precious natural areas in Pennsylvania. Motorists can bring in as many additional batteries as they like but the bounty is capped after three.
AAA’s Mobile Battery Service vehicles will also be on hand to test your current battery. This service plays an important role in conservation because they recycle a failed battery for every new battery sold. Replacement batteries are competitively priced and AAA members receive a $25 discount on every battery.