The city of Pleasanton will now accept used and unwanted batteries for recycling in the name of going green.
Mayor Jennifer Hosterman and the City Council have committed to leading the city toward more green alternatives and sustainability.
"Protecting our waterways and soil from contaminants is a way in which we can all participate," Hosterman said. "We hope that the accessibility and convenience of this new recycling program will contribute to its success."
Residents can drop batteries off at one of five sites located throughout the city.
* City of Pleasanton Operations Service Center, 3333 Busch Road
* Pleasanton City Hall Lobby, 200 Old Bernal Ave.
* Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd.
* Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave.
* Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Station No. 2, 6300 Stoneridge Mall Road
Each site has been outfitted with a battery recycling station featuring three color-coded containers with posted instructions and appropriate supplies to collect the following: alkaline and carbon zinc (heavy duty) batteries, rechargeable batteries and disposable lithium batteries. The five designated drop off sites are: Battery recycling has been mandated in California since February 2006 to stem the chemical leaching of used batteries into water supplies and landfills. Most AA, AAA, C, D, 9-volt and button batteries contain heavy metals including lead, cadmium, nickel, mercury and other toxics that can cause reproductive disorders as well as kidney, liver and neurological dysfunctions.
City staff will empty the containers and transfer the collected contents to the Alameda County Household Waste (ACHHW) site in Livermore on a weekly basis. ACHHW has agreed to partner in program under the condition that it can maintain a log of service user's ZIP codes, in order to track the location and volume of batteries generated. To accommodate this request, each battery recycling site will host a log for individuals to record their zip code and the number of batteries recycled.
For more information, the public can contact the Support Services Division of the City of Pleasanton at 931-5580.