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Storing old car batteries can be hazardous

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Do you have an old car battery taking up space in your garage, backyard or even basement?

If so, know that you could be putting yourself and the environment at risk.

Motor vehicle batteries contain sulfuric acid, a solution that is both toxic and corrosive. If stored improperly, there is a danger of leakage which can lead to chemical burns, sudden explosions, or even soil and groundwater contamination.

Rather than hold onto that hazardous waste, let Elgin Recycling & Scrap Metal take it off your hands.

The company recognizes the importance of proper battery recycling. Nearly 99 million wet-cell lead-acid car batteries are manufactured each year. With millions of car batteries alone being produced, there needs to be an outlet to recycle them as they reach their end-of-life.

Technology has allowed for nearly 90 percent of all lead-acid batteries that have reached their end-of-life to be recycled responsibly. A typical lead-acid battery recovers 99 percent of the lead as a recyclable element.

Rather than let that old battery continue to collect dust, do your part to help eliminate a safety hazard while protecting the environment at the same time.

Elgin Recycling has five full service recycling drop-off centers, three with truck scales, that offer their customers convenience that exceeds all competitors. Those locations include Elgin, Crystal Lake, Palatine, Elk Grove Township and Gilberts.

For more information, call Elgin Recycling at (847) 741-4100 or visit http://www.elginrecycling.com.

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