Ocean County Press Release
TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Board of Commissioners is taking advantage of National Battery Awareness Day on Feb. 18 to remind residents of the importance of recycling batteries properly.

"When batteries reach their end of life, the opportunity to safely and correctly recycle them is critical for our residents, the community and the environment," said the Director of the Ocean County Board of Commissioners Gary Quinn, who is liaison to the Ocean County recycling program. "National Battery Awareness Day gives us the opportunity to acknowledge the key role batteries play and to encourage our residents to keep batteries out of landfills and recycle them correctly."

Ocean County residents can recycle Lithium-ion, rechargeable, and button batteries at the Special Waste Drop-off facilities at the Ocean County Northern Recycling Center (Lakewood) and the Southern Recycling Center (Manahawkin) Monday through Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

These facilities also accept batteries from cars and boats (lead-acid), nickel cadmium (Ni-Cd), nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH), nickel zinc (Ni-Zn), and small sealed lead (Pb).

"Many of our recycling facilities and programs such as the Household Hazardous Waste collection program are free to Ocean County residents and we encourage our residents to use the resources that are available in order to recycle right," Quinn said. "Improper battery recycling can cause unnecessary hazards at recycling centers and landfills."

Batteries are found in virtually every household item from cell phones, laptops, cordless power tools, toys and hearing aids. In addition, they also help power large equipment like cars, boats, and lawn mowers.

Recent research shows that only 61 percent of the United States population believes that batteries can be recycled. Of that, only 53 percent report that they actually recycle batteries.

"Our recycling program provides a host of convenient ways to recycle," said Quinn. "With special drop off locations, online webinars, and even recycling guides, our residents can make sure they are disposing of recyclable items correctly."

Residents can also visit the Ocean County Department of Solid Waste Management's website http://www.co.ocean.nj.us/OC/SolidWaste/frmHomeSW.aspx or call 732-506-5047 for more information on battery recycling.

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