This holiday season Clark County Public Health urges residents to safely dispose of batteries – and doing so just got easier! Several retail stores across Clark County are now accepting batteries for safe disposal at no charge.
Batteries that end up in household garbage or inside of recycling carts can explode, posing significant fire risks during transportation and at transfer stations. These fires can cause serious harm to sanitation workers and can damage costly equipment at Clark County transfer stations.
The new battery disposal sites accept a variety of batteries from Clark County households, including cell phones and rechargeable batteries, which often pose the biggest safety risk when not disposed of properly. Battery disposal is limited to 10 batteries per person per day. Larger quantities of batteries should be taken to a county household hazardous waste facility for proper disposal. To ensure safe disposal, all battery ends should be taped, or batteries should be placed in sealed individual bags.
Free battery disposal is available at the following retail locations:
- Ableman TV Repair & Electronics Service, 13714 NE 28th St. #23, Vancouver
- Amboy Hardware & General Store, 40600 NE 221st Ave., Amboy
- Battle Ground Ace Hardware, 1605 W Main St., Battle Ground
- Evergreen Habitat for Humanity Store, 10811 SE Second St., Vancouver
- Main Street Ace Hardware, 2515 Main St., Vancouver
- Parkrose Hardware (Hazel Dell), 8002 NE Sixth Ave., Vancouver
- Parkrose Hardware (East Vancouver), 16509 SE First St., Vancouver
- Salmon Creek Ace Hardware, 13009 NE Hwy 99 #109, Vancouver
The free battery disposal program is provided by Clark County Public Health and Waste Connections of Washington. For more information about the types of batteries accepted, visit the Public Health website or download the RecycleRight app.
Source: Clark County