Recycle batteries to protect landfills, environment

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For the first time ever, battery recycling is offered to the Socorro community. AA and AAA batteries are being collected in order to protect the environment.

Batteries are rust steel coated and, once disposed of, the battery breaks down in the landfills, which can cause environmental problems, said Bill Bottorf, director of community activities for the Rotary Club. The toxic chemicals in the batteries are released into the water.

"It would be like drinking water with acid in it," he said.

City Clerk Pat Salome said it is important for the community to recycle batteries because it is better if they aren't in the landfill.

"We need to get people aware of this," Bottorf said.

People can place their used, worn out batteries in a plastic bag and put them into a recycling box at City Hall or any of the other five locations: John Brooks, Walmart, Smith's, Randy's Hardware and Gambles Hardware. The batteries will then be shipped to Pennsylvania and be broken down at the recycling facility, he said.

The city is paying for the shipping and processing of the batteries, Bottorf said.

For more information or questions about the battery collection, contact Bottorf at 838-4553.