This month participating AAA-approved auto shops will accept, at no cost, used automotive or marine lead-acid batteries and send them to plants where they can be recycled into new batteries.
An estimated 5 million automotive and marine lead-acid batteries are discarded or put in storage each year, AAA reports. Improperly disposed of batteries can leak and contaminate the soil and groundwater with lead and sulfuric acid, explode and cause a fire, or become a source of lead poisoning to humans and animals, officials said.
The lead can be recovered through recycling
About 150 AAA-approved shops in Oregon and Idaho are Great Battery Round-up drop-off sites, accepting batteries this month. For a complete list of participating facilities, call 800-AAA-HELP or go to AAA.com/auto.