City offers battery recycling program

Evanston residents can now drop off household batteries for recycling at the Civic Center and the Levy Senior Center.

The recycling program is sponsored by the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County and Interstate Batteries and runs through the end of the year.

SWANCC officials say they’re sponsoring this program because common household alkaline batteries are no longer accepted at state-sponsored household hazardous waste events due to their benign nature and high recycling costs. And rechargeable batteries contain heavy metals which pose a threat to our environment and have a marketable recyclability.

Interstate Batteries of Skokie is providing a product stewardship initiative to recycle all types of batteries from SWANCC communities at no cost to the agency.

Alkaline batteries in the common AA, AAA, C, D and 9-volt sizes will be accepted along with NiCad, NiMh, lithium ion, and lithium polymer rechargeable batteries.

Before dropping off rechargeable batteries, residents need to tape the contact points on each battery or place it in an individual self-locking plastic baggie to avoid sparks.

The drop-off on the ground floor of the Civic Center at 2100 Ridge Ave. will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The drop-off at the Levy Center at 300 Dodge Ave. is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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