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Score a Free Battery Bucket for National Battery Day

National Battery Day is a little-known, unofficial holiday that is observed on February 18, the birthday of Alessandro Volta, an Italian physicist and inventor of the electric battery in 1745. Although the day recognizes the value of batteries in our day-to-day lives, to OC Waste & Recycling (OCWR), the day provides a great opportunity to talk about old, used batteries and what OC residents should do with them. No. 1 is to keep them out of landfills.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), each year Americans throw away more than three billion batteries. That's about 180,000 tons of batteries. The good news is, battery recycling collection is on the rise, according to nationwide battery stewardship programs.

Orange County residents can take charge and join the battery recycling movement year-round by visiting any one of the OCWR’s four free Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers (HHWCC). Bring in spent batteries to receive a FREE battery bucket. The buckets are a safe and convenient way to store and recycle all types of batteries at home until your next visit to a HHWCC.  

For more information on collection center hours of operation, locations and other household hazardous materials that can be brought free to the centers, visit the OC Waste & Recycling website here.