Burnaby, British Columbia – The British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA) will collect used lead-acid batteries at no charge from across the Lower Mainland for recycling from April 27 through May 9. This includes batteries from cars, trucks, campers, motorcycles, boats and small planes.

“Used batteries pose health and safety risks because of their lead and sulphuric acid content,” said Ken Cousin, BCAA associate viced-president of Road Assist. “They are often left sitting in yards or garages where they could leak and contaminate the soil and groundwater, explode and cause a fire, or become a source of lead poisoning to humans and animals.”

While more than 97 per cent of lead acid batteries are recyclable, it is estimated that over half a million are not recycled annually in Canada.

Batteries will picked up from homes, offices or any accessible location in the Lower Mainland as far as Abbotsford. To schedule a pickup, call 604-293-2222 or visit BCAA for more information. For every battery collected, BCAA will receive $5.00 from recyclers, which will be donated to the BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation in support of safe driving and community road safety initiatives.

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