BCAA program recycles vehicle batteries

Used automotive batteries still serve a purpose through the BCAA’s third annual Great Battery Roundup program.

Used automotive batteries still serve a purpose through the B.C. Automobile Association’s third annual Great Battery Roundup program.

The program collects car, light truck, camper, motorcycle and small boat batteries and arranges for them to be properly recycled.

Until June 19, the public is invited to drop off expired vehicle or marine batteries at any Fountain Tire location throughout the province at no cost.

Almost all of a battery’s components can be reused to manufacture new batteries, making it worthwhile to recycle.

For each battery collected, $5 goes toward the BCAA Road Safety Foundation to support Alexa’s Bus; a mobile blood-alcohol testing unit designed and built to help law enforcement take impaired drivers off the roads.

“Keeping used automotive batteries in yards, garages and basements pose health and safety risks because they can contaminate the soil and groundwater, explode and cause a fire or, become a source of poisoning to humans and animals,” said Ken Cousin, of BCAA. “We’re extending our collection program throughout B.C. to give even more residents a safe and easy way to clear their homes of hazardous batteries.”

Nanaimo’s Fountain Tire is at 4801 Wellington Rd.

For more information, please go to www.bcaa.com.