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(BPT) - Post-holiday time means many of us are enthralled with new gadgets, leaving old devices to collect dust. The good news: the new year means new resolutions, like decluttering your house. This year, add a new resolution to your list that benefits you and the planet: battery recycling.

To make your New Year’s resolution stick, it’s important to set realistic goals. Battery recycling is a simple habit that everyone can participate in and it carries a number of benefits: helps to prevent potentially hazardous materials from harming the environment, protects against potential fires by keeping batteries out of the garbage and conserves resources necessary to manufacture new batteries.

As you embark on this new resolution of battery recycling, here are a few things to keep top of mind:

1) Recycling can be done on-the-go

In a world where nearly everything is on-demand, it can be hard to make time for something like recycling. Luckily battery recycling can easily fit into your schedule! Simply use the Call2Recycle locator to find a drop-off location near you or along your commute. A battery drop-off can take as little as 10 minutes, and if you fold the habit into your routine, you’ll be recycling with ease. Another option: purchase a Call2Recycle box, which you (and even your co-workers, neighbors, family and friends) can fill up at your leisure and ship at a later date.

2) Have old batteries building up? Be sure to safely store until drop-off

When it comes to every aspect of battery recycling, safety is key. Batteries can hold a residual charge even when they appear dead, which could spark and create heat. Ideally, used batteries should be recycled no later than six months after they reach their end of life. In terms of storage, keep them in a cool, dry place, ideally in a plastic container. We also recommend individually bagging batteries or taping their terminals with clear packing, non-conductive electrical or duct tape, keeping the label visible.

3) You can join the national effort on National Battery Day

Sunday, February 18th, marks National Battery Day (NBD). Think NBD is No Big Deal? Think again! This annual awareness day reinforces how battery recycling can be easy and convenient. Help us lead the charge on year-round battery recycling by dropping your batteries off on National Battery Day and every day!

4) Did you know: Recycled batteries can become new products

Batteries power up our phones, laptops, remote controllers, flashlights and plenty of other portable devices. When those batteries die, you can give them a "second life" by recycling them. Materials recycled from batteries can be used to make a number of items, like stainless steel utensils, golf clubs, batteries (yes, they can!) and even road asphalt. Your act of recycling goes a long way!

Be a change maker this year by leading the charge on battery recycling. The new year is the perfect time for new habits. Why not adopt one that helps keep your drawers decluttered and the planet cleaner?

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