The Waste Commission of Scott County urges residents and businesses to properly dispose of lithium and rechargeable batteries and keep them out of garbage and recycling carts. These types of batteries can become damaged and catch fire, quickly igniting large quantities of refuse.

Batteries should be dropped off at the Electronic Demanufacturing Facility, 1048 E. 59th St., Davenport, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of each month. There is no cost for residents of Scott and Rock Island counties, and no appointments are necessary.

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Businesses may drop off batteries for a small fee. Alkaline (non-rechargeable) batteries are considered trash and should be thrown away. For more information, call 563-381-1300 or visit www.wastecom.com.

Lithium and rechargeable batteries are often found inside electronics such as laptops and cell phones and have been blamed for numerous recent fires at recycling centers and landfills around the United States. These preventable fires can damage public and private property, harm workers and the environment, and can even cause loss of life.

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