For the ninth straight year, AAA is sponsoring the Great Battery Roundup, a car battery collection program in accordance with Earth Day 2009 to help keep lead and sulfuric acid out of landfills and garages.
Not to be confused with the Great American Cleanup, which also occurs during this time of year, the Great Battery Roundup has collected and recycled more than 1 million lead-acid batteries from automobiles and boats.
Just one of these batteries contains 21 pounds of lead, three pounds of plastic and one gallon of sulfuric acid, all of which can be reprocessed into new batteries.
The Great Battery Roundup provides drop-off locations for consumers to bring in their obsolete lead-acid batteries. These collection points also offer free battery checks, and AAA donates a portion of the recycling proceeds to environmental groups.
Car batteries are already recycled an estimated 95 percent of the time in the U.S., but this still leaves 5 million batteries unaccounted for.
So far, 43 states have passed some sort of lead-acid battery recycling law, which is more than laws for electronics recycling and beverage container deposits combined.
The timing of the campaign will depend on your location. In Oregon, drop-off locations are available during the entire month of April. AAA encourages participants to contact their local club for more information.