DNR reminds Wisconsinites how to properly recycle batteries, electronics | Top Stories

Madison (WKOW) – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recognizes National Battery Day, reminding everyone to safely dispose of used batteries and electronics.

According to a press release from the DNR, this warning appeared after the increase in fires in car dealerships, as well as in places of recycling and disposal. Many batteries still retain charge even if they do not have enough power to power the device, and batteries can spark and cause a fire if damaged.

“If you put electronics or rechargeable batteries in a recycling bin or garbage, you put workers at risk. Delivering batteries or electronics to the point of delivery may be an additional step, but it’s really important, ”Brown County Resource Recovery Technician Chris Blanc said in a release.

The danger of throwing used batteries, especially lithium-ion, in the trash arises at the collection. Collecting and sorting garbage and recyclables involves many pieces of heavy machinery that can damage used batteries, which can easily lead to fires.

To ensure the safety of workers, DNR recommends taking the following measures with used batteries and electronics:

  • Learn about the different types of batteries in their homes and how to manage them. In the DNR there is a Household Battery Disposal Guide to help.
  • Take used batteries to local collection points. Check with battery retailers for their disposal programs or find nearby sites through Call2Recycle’s Battery Recycling Organization website or by calling 1-877-2-RECYCLE.
  • Recycle old electronics through E-Cycle Wisconsin. A lot of small electronics can be recycled for free or sold on credit or in cash. Visit the DNR a list of collection sites and free return mail programs.
  • Do not dispose of electronics or rechargeable batteries in rubbish bins or recycling bins. Most electronics are prohibited from being dumped in incinerators and incinerators, and they are not recycled at the same plants that recycle plastic, glass and paper.
  • While storing batteries for recycling, seal the terminals or place each battery in an individual plastic bag to prevent accidental sparks from touching the terminals.
  • Store damaged (swollen, bent, punctured or crushed) batteries or devices in sand or litter for kittens and, if possible, contact the manufacturer or Call2Recycle for instructions.
  • Do not attempt to remove non-removable batteries from devices, as this may result in damage.

“With so many devices in our homes running on different shapes and types of batteries, we know it can be confusing,” said DNR E-Cycle Wisconsin coordinator Sarah Murray in a release. “We want to help everyone understand how to identify their batteries and where you can recycle batteries and electronics.”


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