AAA Celebrates Earth Day With Battery Roundup

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SPRINGFIELD—In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day (Thursday, April 22), the AAA New Jersey Automobile Club is encouraging motorists to recycle used automotive and marine batteries.

“AAA is on a mission to educate the public about the potential dangers of having used batteries in our homes, while also encouraging a greener way of living with battery recycling,” says Cathleen Lewis, director of public affairs for the Florham Park-based club.

Throughout the month of April, the AAA Car Care Center and AAA’s Approved Automotive facilities will be accepting used automotive and marine batteries for recycling.  The Car Care Center is located at 135 Route 22 East in Springfield.  For a complete list of facilities, log on to

On Tuesday, April 20 and Tuesday, April 27, AAA Battery Assist vehicles will be on-hand at the AAA Car Care Center in Springfield from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to accept old marine and automotive batteries, and provide free battery and electrical service checks.  If your vehicle’s battery tests poorly, a technician can replace it on the spot.

An automotive battery contains approximately 21 pounds of lead, three pounds of plastic and one gallon of sulfuric acid – all toxic if handled improperly.

“A car battery is a renewable source of vehicle power and the lead contained within it is 97 percent recyclable,” says Jeff Santana, sales and service manager of the AAA Car Care Center in Springfield.  “But each year, millions of these batteries often end up in garages, backyards and storage sheds where their toxic ingredients are discharged into the environment, creating health and safety hazards for both humans and animals.”

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