Lee County to ‘Take Charge’ of battery recycling

Writer: Nicholas Karsen
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The Lee County Solid Waste Department has announced the launch of the “Take Charge” campaign to educate residents and visitors on proper battery disposal.

As part of the campaign, LCSW reminds residents to not place any batteries in their recycling bins.

Household alkaline batteries, AA, AAA, C, D, 9-volt and button batteries can be disposed of in your
regular garbage can.

Any other type of battery (rechargeable, nickel-cadmium, automotive, lithium-ion, lead-acid) should be recycled at the Household Chemical Waste Facility at 6441 Topaz Court in Fort Myers.

Rechargeable batteries have become more prevalent in the solid waste industry, which provoked the campaign to help educate consumers about proper waste disposal.

Another type of battery that had become commonplace is the lithium-ion battery. LCSW encourages people to know what everyday products contain lithium-ion batteries and how to properly dispose of them.

Some examples:

  • Electronic devices, such as mobile phones, laptops, tablets and Bluetooth devices
  • Power tools
  • Remote car keys
  • Vaping devices
  • Game controllers
  • Digital cameras
  • Portable power packs
  • Greeting cards
  • Electric toothbrushes
  • Toys
  • Medical equipment
  • Smoke/Fire/Carbon monoxide detectors
  • E-bikes, e-scooters and hoverboards

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