Recycling batteries in University Heights
As a conscientious recycler, you may have been dropping off batteries, along with other recyclables, at the University Heights Recycling Center. Until March of this year, however, batteries were not recycled; they were thrown out.
As a result of the efforts of one concerned resident, the City of University Heights now recycles all types of batteries, through a program with The Big Green Box—the only company in Ohio that recycles batteries. The Big Green Box (www.biggreenbox.com) services municipalities, businesses and residences.
UH residents may have noticed several new, blue receptacles located next to the paper recycling truck at the University Heights Recycling Center (behind city hall and the fire station, off the Silsby Road entrance). One is marked for batteries. Others are marked for glass, plastic, metal, or computer, cell phone and related accessories.
Alkaline batteries should be placed in bags in the receptacle, so that they can be easily handled. Auto batteries can be placed next to the battery container. Nickel cadmium (NiCd), lithium (Li/Li-ion) and lead acid (Pb) batteries can all be placed in the battery container. Any of the recyclable items mentioned above can be dropped off anytime, day or night, any day of the week.
Penny Adelstein is a resident of University Heights, and a concerned citizen.