AAA Collects Batteries, Honors Green Shops for Earth Day
Phoenix, Ariz., April 17, 2009 – Did you know that nearly 99 percent of a vehicle battery can be recycled? To raise awareness and to encourage motorists to donate used batteries,AAA Arizona will kick off its 9th annual Great Battery Roundup on Monday, April 20—in support of Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22nd.
During the “roundup,” AAA encourages motorists to bring used vehicle batteries to one of the 155 AAA Approved Auto Repair facilities across the state. These batteries will then be turned in for recycling at no charge to the consumer. For every battery collected during this week, AAA Arizona will donate $4 to Keep Phoenix Beautiful.
“Automotive batteries contain lead, plastic and sulfuric acid. These elements can be destructive if released or improperly handled, discarded or stored at home,” said Don Nunnari, vice president of membership products and services for AAA Arizona. “They can contaminate soil and ground water, explode in a fire or become a source of lead poisoning to humans and animals. However, when a motor vehicle battery is recycled, about 99 percent of its components can be reused to make a new battery.”
When an automotive battery is recycled, here is what happens to its contents:
“Keep Phoenix Beautiful is committed to helping AAA Arizona and their efforts to better our environment through the auto club’s Great Battery Roundup,” said Tom Waldeck, Executive Director for Keep Phoenix Beautiful. “It is extremely important to keep automotive batteries out of the landfills, garages, backyards, and storage sheds where they create environmental and safety hazards.”
Since its inception, AAA Arizona’s Great Battery Roundup has collected nearly 1,200 batteries and donated more than $4,700 to environmental charities, including Keep Phoenix Beautiful.
April also marks the 4th anniversary of the auto club’s Green Shop program. Green Shops earn certification from AAA Arizona and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) as a result of their commitment to voluntary pollution prevention and conservation measures recommended by the (ADEQ. The program was launched in 2005 by ADEQ, which has authorized AAA Arizona as its automotive certifying agent in the state. To date, 18 auto facilities across the state have received this designation.
NOTE: To speak to a battery professional that can explain and demonstrate safe removal and disposal of a battery or to schedule a tour of a AAA Green Shop, contact AAA Public Affairs.