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AAA to collect and recycle used vehicle batteries

In honor of Earth Day, which is Sunday, April 22, AAA Oregon/Idaho will accept discarded automotive or marine lead-acid batteries at no charge throughout the month of April at participating Approved Auto Repair facilities throughout the state.

AAA will then send the old batteries to plants where they will be recycled and turned into new batteries.

'Used vehicle batteries are potential fire and safety hazards because of their lead and sulfuric acid content, said Earl Baker, AAA Oregon/Idaho coordinator. 'We want to encourage people to take the extra and responsible step of searching the areas where these old batteries might be stored and bring them to our AAR facilities for proper disposal.'

Anyone who would like to drop off an old battery should wear gloves and safety glasses when handling batteries, keep batteries upright and transport them in sturdy containers, make sure the batteries do not tip over, place batteries that are cracked or leaking into leak-proof containers and avoid smoking near the batteries or exposing them to an open flame.

For a complete list of Great Battery Round-up drop-off sites, visit www.aaa.com, or call 1-800-452-1643.