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Proper Disposal Prevents Battery Fires

A variety of colorful AA and AAA batteries grouped together.

In our communities, a lurking danger often goes unnoticed: improper battery disposal. While batteries may seem innocuous, they harbor the potential for significant fire hazards if not handled with care.

With the increasing prevalence of lithium-ion batteries in everyday devices like smartphones, laptops, and remote controls — this danger has only worsened. When these batteries are discarded improperly, thrown into regular trash or recycling bins, they can interact with other metals, sparking fires. These fires damage equipment, endanger El Dorado Disposal workers, and even threaten to spread to buildings or wildland areas.

El Dorado County residents are urged to take proactive steps in responsibly disposing of batteries to mitigate fire risks. El Dorado Disposal, a local waste management service, offers accessible solutions for battery disposal.

Here's a breakdown of the recommended disposal process:

  1. Collection: Gather all used batteries from household devices, ensuring they're kept separate from regular waste.
  2. Inspection: Before disposal, check batteries for any signs of damage, such as leaks or corrosion, to minimize potential risks during handling. Place a piece of clear tape over the positive (+) and negative (-) terminals of each battery.
  3. Disposal Options: Residents can utilize designated drop-off locations provided by El Dorado Disposal for safe battery disposal. Alternatively, the service offers convenient curbside pickup, of supplied battery jugs, eliminating the need for direct drop-off.
  4. Community Awareness: Spreading awareness about proper battery disposal practices among friends, family, and neighbors is crucial in fostering a safer environment for all residents.

By adhering to these guidelines, residents contribute to the collective effort of maintaining the safety and beauty of El Dorado County. As the adage goes, prevention is better than cure, and in the case of battery disposal, a proactive approach can avert potentially catastrophic outcomes.

For further information on battery disposal and waste management services, residents are encouraged to visit the El Dorado Disposal website or contact their customer service representatives at (530) 626-4141.

A poster warning that batteries can cause fires and providing proper disposal information with locations and times.

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Proper Battery Disposal - El Dorado Disposal.pdf
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