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3 easy ways to help recycle rechargeable batteries

Each year, more and more people enjoy the convenience of rechargeable batteries. Just count the number of everyday devices you use that are powered by rechargeable batteries, from cell phones and tablets to cordless tools, cameras and toys.

The responsible recycling of the batteries that power these products and others can divert millions of pounds of potentially harmful metals from landfills and help preserve valuable natural resources.

Feb. 18 is National Battery Day, and a great time to raise awareness around just how easy it is to recycle batteries at the end of their useful life.

Lowe’s began working with Call2Recycle in 2004 to collect rechargeable batteries, and offers a recycling center near store entrances to increase the collection of rechargeable batteries and also offer customers a free and easy way to properly dispose of cell phones, CFLs and plastic shopping bags.

Each year, Lowe’s has increased the volume of rechargeable batteries it collects with the help of customers at more than 1,800 stores. And just this month, Lowe’s reached a new milestone, surpassing more than 5 million pounds of rechargeable batteries collected and recycled since 2004.

You can help celebrate National Battery Day, and responsibly recycle your rechargeable batteries any time, by dropping them off at a Lowe’s recycling center at any store in the continental U.S. To find the nearest store, visit www.lowes.com/store.

You can also recycle used rechargeable batteries at any one of Call2Recycle’s 30,000 drop-off sites in North America. Call2Recycle estimates that 88 percent of North Americans live within 10 miles (15 kilometers) of a drop-off location. To find a battery collection site near you, visit www.call2recycle.org/locator.

One other way to help: Encourage your friends and family to recycle their used batteries by posting a photo with the hashtags #NationalBatteryDay and #ChargeUp2017 on Twitter and Facebook.