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Keep these batteries out of your garbage & recycling carts

December 20, 2019
You can help prevent fires at solid waste facilities. Keep lithium and rechargeable batteries out of your garbage and recycling carts, and drop them off for proper disposal, instead.

Lithium and rechargeable batteries — those often found inside electronics such as laptops and cell phones — have been blamed for numerous recent fires at recycling centers and landfills around the United States. These preventable fires can damage public and private property, harm workers and the environment, and can even cause loss of life.

For these reasons, Waste Commission of Scott County is urging residents and businesses to keep these types of batteries out of the garbage and recycling streams, where they can become damaged and catch fire, quickly igniting large quantities of refuse.

Instead, lithium and rechargeable batteries should be dropped off for proper disposal at the Electronics Recovery Center, 5650 Carey Ave., Davenport. There is no cost for residents of Scott and Rock Island counties, and no appointments are necessary. Businesses may drop off batteries for a small fee. Alkaline (non-rechargeable) batteries are considered trash and should be thrown away. For batteries over 300 Watt-Hours (Wh), contact the manufacturer for proper disposal instructions.

“We provide a convenient and responsible solution for disposing of potentially hazardous batteries, and we urge everyone to use it for the health and safety of our community,” said Commission Director Kathy Morris.

The Electronics Recovery Center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8 to 11:30 a.m. the first Saturday of each month. No appointment is necessary, and there is no charge for residents of Scott and Rock Island Counties.

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