Keep batteries out of garbage & recycling carts

Help prevent fires at solid waste facilities! Keep lithium and rechargeable batteries out of your garbage and recycling carts, and instead drop them off for proper disposal.

Lithium and rechargeable batteries — those found inside electronics such as laptops and cell phones — have been blamed for numerous 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 even cause loss of life.

For these reasons, the Waste Commission of Scott County urges residents and businesses to keep batteries out of garbage and recycling streams, where they can become damaged and catch fire.

Drop off lithium and rechargeable batteries for proper disposal at the Electronics Recovery Center, 5650 Carey Ave., Davenport. Throw away alkaline (non-rechargeable) batteries as they are considered trash.

“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. Businesses may drop off batteries for a small fee.

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Please note: The Electronics Recovery Center cannot accept batteries with a capacity of 300 or more Watt-hours (Wh). Please contact the manufacturer for proper disposal instructions.

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