From Wednesday through April 19, AAA is holding a Great Battery Roundup to help Utahns safely dispose of their old car batteries.
"Each year, tens of thousands of old batteries are disposed of illegally in dumps or bodies of water, or simply stored and forgotten," said Rolayne Fairclough, AAA Utah spokeswoman. "By dropping off old vehicle batteries at one of AAA's Battery Roundup locations, you are preventing dangerous pollution, as well as fires, chemical burns, lead poisoning and other accidents suffered every year by more than 7,000 Americans, many of them children."
AAA turns batteries over to organizations that recycle their components and donates the proceeds, $2 per battery, to local nonprofit groups devoted to environmental preservation and education.
Batteries can be dropped off at the following locations:
• Ogden, Ogden Autobody, 2020 Wall Ave., Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
• Salt Lake City, Jardine's Services, 2646 S. 300 West, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Sandy, McNeil's Auto Care, 10665 S. 700 East, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Provo, AM/PM Towing, 3235 W. 550 South, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.