In an effort to safeguard our community and protect the environment, the Town of Emerald Isle is taking proactive steps to raise awareness about the proper disposal of lithium batteries. As the use of lithium batteries continues to grow, it is crucial that residents and businesses understand the potential risks associated with improper disposal and adopt responsible practices.
Lithium batteries, commonly found in a variety of electronic devices, pose significant safety hazards if not disposed of correctly. When disposed of in regular trash or recycling bins, these batteries can create fire hazards and release harmful chemicals into the environment. To mitigate these risks, the Town of Emerald Isle encourages everyone to follow the guidelines below for safe and proper disposal of lithium batteries:
Contact Your Local Recycling Center: Reach out to your local recycling center to inquire about their battery recycling programs. Carteret County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program, Beaufort, NC 28516. Services are restricted to residents of Carteret County, Craven County, Pamlico County only. Please call for the current HHW collection schedule. (252) 633-1564.
Retailer Programs: Some electronics and battery retailers offer recycling programs for used batteries. Check with local retailers to see if they have collection points or participate in recycling initiatives. Best Buy (726-8238) and Staples (726-2666) in Morehead City provide a recycle bin for household batteries.
For a list of other companies that manage Household, Lithium, Nickel Cadmium, Nickel Metal Hydride and Zinc Carbon batteries visit: http://www.p2pays.org/DMRM/start.aspx
Battery Safety Precautions: When storing lithium batteries, it is essential to take precautions to prevent fire hazards. Keep batteries in a cool, dry place and avoid storing them near flammable materials. Tape the terminals or use protective caps to prevent accidental contact and short-circuiting.
Residents are encouraged to stay informed about local recycling initiatives and to spread the word to family, friends, and colleagues.
For More Information
Frequent Questions on Lithium-ion Batteries | US EPA
Local Recycle Information