Something that has bothered me for many years is that there are few, if any, battery recycling locations in Talbot Co. Yesterday I reached Stacey at Public Works who said that the landfill or Lowe’s may have battery drop offs. I called Lowe’s and the operator said that she “thought” they did recycle both car and household batteries. I have yet to check on this. But I would have thought that both of these women should have know with certainty.
I used to take my batteries to auto repair shops and they put them with car batteries for recycling. I couldn’t find one yesterday who would take them.
I don’t think that many people think about this, so instead, millions of batteries end up in the landfill with horrendous effects on our land, water and people.
There is an excellent article about the polluting effects of batteries in this link
Our landfill is relatively new compared to older ones which have been around for many, many decades. I don’t have the statistics on that. But batteries break down as you can see when yours are corroded. The process continues in our landfills and releases cadmium, lead, zinc, manganese, nickel, silver, mercury, and lithium, as well as acids. These chemicals are extremely toxic and will surface on land areas and in our water. This photo shows chemicals that have surfaced from a landfill.
As concerned residents, users of our streams and rivers, and consumers of local farm products, we should be alarmed that we don’t have battery recycling drop boxes throughout the county at convenient locations such as shopping areas where people go anyway. Not located in a remote location like the landfill. How many of us will drive that far out of town to get rid of a few batteries?
Please call or write Talbot Co. Public Works 410-822-2525 and the Talbot County Council to request that the county start a program of battery recycling. Write letters to the editor, tell you friends and family, this is serious stuff folks, in 20 years or less we will begin to see the effects of poisonous chemicals leeching onto our land and into our water. This IS poison, and should not be taken lightly. It can kill our fish and lead and other poisons can harm our children as well as adults. If we start now we can reduce this problem dramatically.
Drop off locations and the reasons why they are so important should be freely advertised in The Talbot Spy, The Star Dem and other area papers.