Recycle batteries at Exchange

Orcas Recycling Services is offering a new public service at The Exchange.

A new program has been established that will accept and recycle all types of batteries, beginning in September.

There will be no cost to the public for rechargeable batteries (such as cordless tools and cellphones) and sealed lead acid batteries, such as batteries for computer backup systems and cars.

General household alkaline batteries will also be accepted, for a nominal fee.

“People have been asking for battery recycling for a number of years, there’s a big need on Orcas, so we’ve figured out how to make that possible and affordable,” said Jeff Ludwig, an ORS Board member spearheading the new program. “We love to find and implement appropriate solutions for handling and recycling non-garbage waste items, and hope soon to also apply that principle and our expertise to the solid waste stream.”

Ludwig says that details of the new recycling program will be released in early September.

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