Across America, consumers and businesses purchase an estimated 5.4 billion single-use batteries every year. 10 million of these batteries are thrown away every day, many or most of which are not recycled (some are incinerated, many more likely end up in landfills). Once in the landfill, these batteries leach harmful toxins and heavy metals into soil and waterways.
Proper alkaline battery disposal is widely available, but its importance is still far from commonplace. Throughout February, Summit County, Utah, will be a model for other communities who hope to improve their overall sustainability efforts through education, accessibility and encouragement.