Household Batteries Can Now Be Recycled In Wayne

WAYNE – The Wayne Green Team is back at it and thanks to funding through Battery Solutions, residents will now be able to recycle typical household batteries.

Bring your household batteries to the Wayne City Hall, located at 306 Pearl Street, where a recycling pail will be located. Normal business hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

According to a press release from the Wayne Green Team, “most household batteries can be recycled, but you must tape certain battery terminals to ensure safety (e.g., all lithium and lithium-ion with exposed terminals must have clear tape on the terminals). If not taped, the terminals, or exposed metal parts, of certain batteries can rub together creating a spark.”

Examples of batteries which will be accepted in the pail at the Wayne City Hall include: alkaline batteries (such as AAA, AA, C & D), NiMH or NiCd less than 9 volts, “Heavy Duty” zinc carbon, button cell (watch battery), electronic batteries and lithium.

Make sure to review the “Battery Recycling How To Guide” at www.cityofwayne.org/greenteam for detailed instructions on the types of batteries recyclable and the types that require taped terminals for safety. Clear tape is available to use at the pail.

The Wayne Green Team was founded in 2009 and is a group of community volunteers, Wayne State College students and staff as well as city personnel focused on minimizing waste and increasing sustainable behavior. In 2015, they were selected as Green Team of the Year by WasteCap Nebraska (now the Nebraska Recycling Council), and are one of five rural communities in Nebraska that have participated in their Zero Waste Project. Find more information about the Wayne Green Team at www.cityofwayne.org/greenteam or visit then on Facebook.

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