It seems like everything comes with a battery, even birthday cards. But do you know how much damage batteries can do if not disposed of properly? Batteries can explode when heated, burned or damaged, often starting fires in garbage and recycling trucks. Plus, if they’ve exploded or they’re leaking, chemicals released can cause internal or external irritation or burns, putting you and others in danger. There are lots of different types of batteries and it’s best to handle all of them carefully, away from children/pets and sources of heat.
There are a few ways to dispose of batteries responsibly including taking them (along with hazardous waste) to one of the Metro Hazardous Waste Facilities. You can also call Metro for other options.
Metro Recycling Information Center (M-F, 8:30am-5pm) 503-234-3000
Not sure what’s hazardous? Check Metro’s list of common household hazardous waste materials.