Batteries come in all sizes and they seem to be everywhere, from greeting cards to hearing aids to remote controls. Made from lithium, lithium-ion, nickel cadmium, alkaline, mercury and silver oxide, their hazards vary too. When you put batteries in the trash, they break open and cause a number of problems because of their toxicity, including fires. Fires have ignited at both Metro transfer stations and trucks carrying our garbage out to Arlington in the Gorge. When you change out batteries, either single-use or rechargeable, make sure you dispose of them properly. Call Metro’s Recycling Information Hotline for a place near you.
Metro’s Recycling Information Hotline: 503-234-300