Recycle old car batteries this Earth day

Published on Wed, Apr 13, 2011
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In celebration of Earth Day, AAA is inviting all motorists to drop off used vehicle batteries the week of April 18 through 22 at any AAA approved auto repair facility.

Most lead-acid batteries found in vehicles, motorcycles, boats and riding lawnmowers are more than 99 percent recyclable. For this reason—and because the lead and acid in these batteries is toxic to humans, animals and the environment if leaked - AAA is holding a free recycling event.

For every lead-acid battery turned in for recycling, AAA will plant a tree in the (mountains to Sound Greenway) along I-90.
Last year, 35 AAA employee volunteers helped the Mountains to Sound Greenway plant 393 trees at the Squak Valley Park along Issaquah Creek. AAA donated 100 of the trees planted.

Motorists should wear protective eyewear and gloves when handling old batteries and wrap in a plastic bag to prevent the battery from leaking during transport.

There are 272 AAA approved auto repair facilities throughout Washington and northern Idaho. To find the closest approved facility, go to, click on “Automotive,” and then “AAA approved auto repair shop.”